Principles of recovery month
September is now internationally known as Recovery Month – a festive period of a society of Recovering folk who don the colour purple (The International colour of Recovery).
The Month is a conscious intention to smash stigmatisation by ‘Making Recovery Visible’. North Wales has once again established its standing by joining in by provoking a long list of activities to achieve this Visibility goal. Recovery is individually defined and interpreted in many different ways and not just related to substances or mental health. We live in a deficit world based around deficit thinking and the Recovery Movement is enabling society to think differently – especially in terms of Asset based thinking and Asset Based Community Development. #Recoverymonth
1st September initiated Recovery Month with the National Conference of the UKRF (United Kingdom Recovery Federation) Champions House members travelled to Manchester for this ‘Stories of Hope: Transforming Our Communities conference and the day consisted of Recoverists from across the UK. SCARF members also joined Leigh Proctor (SMART Recovery) to deliver a workshop on Mutual Aid and Peer Support.
4th September– A small team from AGRO start on a 6 day 100 mile journey across the Gwynedd and Anglesey coast. This along with all other North Wales Events was listed in an International calendar of Recovery events
6th September – members of Champions House/CAIS and SCARF attended the first ever Chester Recovery Walk. This event was capsulated with music/comedian and a dance performance by Fallen Angels. The walk was complimented by attendance of the Town Cryer and the UKRF Director Alistair Sinclair.
Friday 11th– Sat 12th September – minibuses from 4 Counties of North Wales made their way to Durham for a sleep out in Durham Cathedral. The night was spent trying to sleep on a hard floor with 200 people before the walk on the Saturday. The weather was bad but the atmosphere was amazing.
Saturday 26th September – Champions House hosted its 1st Birthday and ‘Unity in the Community’ celebration. The day consisted of stalls, talent competition, recovery walk, comedian, BBQ, surprise ice cream van, poetry corner, raffle and the release of 100 purple helium balloons with recovery tags attached (bio degradable). The day had a continuous footfall of 100 people+
Tuesday 29th September – saw the launch of the long awaited Film Premier of Flipped It. Hundreds gathered at Colwyn Bay Theatre to watch the 50 minute Film featuring recovering North Walians who have grown beyond a life of drug fuelled crime. The Film was commissioned by North Wales Police and Eternal created the work in establishing front line officers to produce the film.
Wednesday 30th September – SCARF (Six Counties Achieving Recovery Federation) celebrated its launch with 100 beneficiaries in the Interchange Colwyn Bay. This event was delivered without a commissioned mandate but did gratefully receive funding from APB to do so. The event consisted of an on stage interview with CAIS and SMART Recovery, a live painting being developed throughout the event, Tales of Recovery and a comedian.