Service providers from across Camden were joined by more than 200 local residents to celebrate and champion recovery at Discover Recovery 2019 on Friday 25 January.

The event, which was held at Arlington Conference Centre, included stalls from over 20 organisations providing support for substance use recovery, health, volunteering and education, training and employment (ETE) opportunities in the borough.

The event was organised by SHP’s Camden Recovery, Islington Aftercare and Haringey ETE services – with support from our partners in the borough including the Integrated Camden Alcohol Service (ICAS), Integrated Camden Drug Service (ICADS), the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, WDP and Change, Grow, Live (CGL).

Recovery Stories and Activities
Opened by the Deputy Mayor of Camden Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, the afternoon also included a range of drop-in taster sessions and activities including interactive drama, sleep and mindfulness workshops, acupuncture and art activities for people to enjoy. Lunch was also provided by CGL’s Recovery Cafe.

Marie, a client who attended the day, said: “When I started recovery I didn’t even know any of this existed. It’s been a really great day - the event has been fantastic and the performances are wonderful.”

The day was finished with music, films and performances from people who have overcome substance use addiction – with some sharing their inspirational recovery stories.

Pat, who was a client of Camden Recovery, shared his story of how he journeyed from substance use and homelessness to becoming London’s friendliest bus driver.

Liam, an SHP peer mentor, also spoke about his experiences, focusing on how physical exercise supported him away from substance use culminating in his proudest moment: running the Royal Parks Marathon for SHP.

Joe Mitchell, Head of Employment Initiatives, said: “We’re delighted that once again Discover Recovery was a successful event, showing off the best services that the borough has to offer and bringing us all together to celebrate our work as a community.”

“It was brilliant that so many people came to share their stories and show off their talents with performances. I hope that the event will encourage and inspire even more people to access support and showed people who want to overcome their substance addictions that recovery is possible.”

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