17 July 2014
Join the celebration!
Following the huge success of
last summer's inaugural Recovery Festival, the team behind the
Recovery Festival 2014 have aimed even higher - and they are
extending an open invitation to join the celebration.
The second annual - and free - Recovery Festival takes place in
Bristol on Friday 25 July from 9.30 until 4.00 at Woodlands Church,
Belgrave Road, Bristol BS8 2AA. It promises to be a true
celebration of recovery in action and a showcase of the diverse,
dedicated local agencies that are there to help.
Kim Hewlett, AWP drug and alcohol recovery worker and chair of
the organising committee, said, "The Recovery Festival is all about
inspiring and encouraging people in their recovery. We are inviting
anyone affected by drug or alcohol addiction, directly or
indirectly, or with an interest in recovery to join us at the
festival. The more people we can encourage in their recovery and
beyond, the better!"
Kim, Viv Norton and Vicki Bakehouse from AWP, along with
colleagues from Bristol Drugs Project, Addiction Recovery Agency
(ARA), Developing Health & Independence (DHI) and Crisis Centre
Ministries have organised this year's Recovery Festival, with the
support of Acu-Detox Plus UK and Chandos.
Peer mentors Victor Lewis and Tiffany Green will share master of
ceremonies duties throughout the day, which will kick off with a
talk from Mark Gilman, strategic recovery lead for Public Health
England. The festival will feature recovery talks from peer mentors
and family members, alternative therapies taster sessions and
workshops, films, artwork, musical entertainment, the Cocaine
Anonymous pantomime and a fresh produce stall from the Teve
recovery growing project. There will be a crèche available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Lunch will be provided by ARA's ARC café, staffed by volunteers
who are themselves in recovery and hot and cold drinks will be
provided by Fareshare and Crisis Centre Ministries.
Excitingly, this year's Recovery Festival is also being
supported by City Sightseeing Bristol, who are providing a free
shuttle bus between the bus station, Broadmead and Woodlands Church
throughout the day plus, at the start and end of the day, a wider
shuttle-bus loop around the city to pick up and drop people back
The festival is free - come along and spread the word.