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Festival celebrates recovery and opportunity

​People who have been affected by drug and alcohol issues are being given the chance to celebrate recovery while finding out more about the help and support available locally at a special event taking place this week.

The Recovery Festival takes place at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich this Friday (23 June). It has been organised by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), which is a partnership of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), The Matthew Project and the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust.

The event will see current and former service users, carers, volunteers and staff coming together to celebrate recovery while finding out about the resources which are available to help maintain change.

Bands from St Martin’s Housing and the Black Dog Music Project, which is a Norwich-based charity that supports people with mental health issues, will keep visitors entertained with live music, together with a steel drum band entertaining people through lunch.

In addition, people will be given the chance to find out more about peer support and volunteering, and can access advice on health and wellbeing. There will be a variety of information and taster sessions for complementary therapies, art, yoga and mindfulness.

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A range of partner organisations will also be on hand to talk about their work and offer advice, including St Martin’s Housing, Pets as Therapy, Samaritans, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, the British Red Cross and Kickstart Norfolk.

Kickstart Norfolk who receive referrals from agencies such as NRP and help people to secure or sustain employment, education or training by offering an affordable means of transport, will be offering advice at the event.

Matthew Page, Partnership Manager at Kickstart Norfolk said: “One of the main barriers to people sustaining employment is a lack of access to low-cost transport.

“Since 2001, Kickstart Norfolk has assisted over 4,800 individuals by providing them with affordable transport, such as mopeds or scooters. At the event we will be promoting our funding opportunities to help people get to and from their workplace, school or college in order to take advantage of opportunities.”

Chris Strivens, NRP's Deputy Service Manager, said: “We have arranged this special festival to showcase the work of NRP and the support which is available locally to help people recover from addiction and substance misuse. A wide range of partner organisations will be on hand to explain more about the services they provide. We’re inviting anyone with experience of drugs or alcohol problems to drop in, help us celebrate recovery and hear more about some of the fantastic success stories which take place across Norfolk every day.”

The Recovery Festival takes place between 10am and 2.30pm, with everyone welcome.

For further information about NRP, which offers a range of services including one-to-one interventions, group work, counselling, support and help to reduce the harm of substance of use, please visit

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