25 August 2016
Vibrant, inspiring – and almost here!
The Recovery Festival 2016 is just over a week
The festival - which is free - is taking place at Bristol's
Broadmead Baptist Church on Friday 2 September. Celebrating
recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, the event will showcase
inspiring stories of recovery and feature music, film and spoken
Next Friday's event will be the fourth Recovery Festival, which
is designed to highlight the enormous potential of people in, or
seeking, recovery. Vibrant and inspiring from its very beginnings,
the festival was conceived in 2013 by AWP in partnership with a
range of agencies from Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It has
grown year on year into a major annual event attended by hundreds
of people affected by substance or alcohol misuse, or working in
The day kicks off at 9.30am with a packed programme concluding
at 4.30pm. Motivational speakers will share their inspiring
experiences alongside performances, films, therapies taster
sessions, food and refreshments.
Guest speaker Kevin Dooley is an addiction recovery consultant -
but nine years ago he was addicted to heroin and sleeping rough in
Westminster. Now, instead of lying in the gutter outside the Houses
of Parliament, the reformed gangster has been invited inside to
advise MPs on helping former offenders stay on the straight and
Throughout the festival, local groups and services will be on
hand with their stalls showing the breadth of support available
across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
AWP's Penny Stanbury, deputy chair of the Recovery Festival
committee, says, "The festival is free and open to anyone with an
interest in addiction recovery. It doesn't matter whether you are
in recovery, seeking recovery or in the darkest depths of addiction
- we will make you very welcome. The Recovery Festival is also for
you if you have a friend or family member living with addiction and
you want to learn more, as well as for people working in the field
of drug and alcohol misuse. Come along, learn and enjoy the day -
we look forward to meeting you!"
For a short film about the festival visit www.therecoveryfestival.co.uk
The Recovery Festival 2016: 9.30-16.30 Friday 2 September,
Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street, Bristol.