SHP ’s Women’s Group recently took a trip to the South Downs to go camping, learn new skills and build confidence.

Seven SHP clients, along with two members of staff from our Camden Recovery Service, travelled out of the big smoke to Alfriston, East Sussex, in the heart of the South Downs and a short drive from the Seaford seaside.

First experience of camping

The two night camping trip gave the women a bit of respite from their day to day lives, as well as the perfect opportunity to get out of London, take in some fresh countryside air and make new friendships. For some, it was their first experience of camping.

With all the camping essentials provided, thanks to the funding of SHP’s corporate partner Travis Smith, the campers enjoyed a number of activities, including morning yoga, fish and chips on the beach in Seaford, campfire sing-songs and visiting the beautiful historical town of Lewes.

A great couple of days

Julia Tokeley, Support Worker for SHP’s Camden Recovery Service, said: 'What a great couple of days! There was so much mutual support, with people working together to put up tents, cooking healthy camp food and overall supporting each other’s wellbeing. It was so lovely to see everyone getting along, chatting around the fire, telling jokes and stories, and even have a bit of a sing along.

‘It was the ideal space for individuals to relax and reflect in a supported environment. Trips like this are so much more than simply ‘going camping’ – they show the people we work with that life lies beyond substance use, and offers new activities that are a meaningful use of time.'

Wish that I could have stayed for longer.

Marilyn, an SHP client who went on the trip, said: ‘I really enjoyed the trip. I loved getting out of London for a few days, and I only wish that I could have stayed for longer.’

The Camden Recovery service aims to provide structured support with substance recovery and prevent relapse by promoting the development of social skills and improving self-esteem.

Amy Reynolds, Service Manager for SHP's Camden Recovery Service, said: 'I'm so proud of what my team have achieved for our women's group. The money raised has enabled us to deliver on a client led activity and resource our Women's group for the coming year. I know that everyone had a fantastic time on the trip and it really supported their recovery journey!' 

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