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Special conference to showcase recovery help

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 next week.

The Recovery Conference, which will be held on 11 November, has been organised by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), which is a partnership of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Matthew Project and the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust.

Taking place at OPEN in Bank Plain, Norwich, it will give current and former service users, carers, volunteers and staff the chance to get together and celebrate recovery while finding out about the resources which are available to help maintain change.

Workshops will also take place during the day, giving people the chance to try taster sessions of mindfulness, reflexology and massage, while they will also be able to meet some PAT (Pets As Therapy) dogs.

Norman Lamb MP will open the event with a speech, before local singer Lisa Ambrose gives a performance. A variety of organisations will also run information stalls, including Street Life Soccer, Narcotics Anonymous and Outside the Wire.

Chris Strivens, NRP's Deputy Service Manager, said: “We have arranged this special conference to showcase the work of the NRP and the support which is available locally to help people recover from addiction and substance misuse.

“People who attend will be able to find out about the recovery community and make connections with those services as well as trying out different taster sessions of mindfulness, massage and reflexology.

“We hope as many people as possible with experience of issues with drugs or alcohol problems will drop in and help us celebrate recovery and some of the fantastic success stories which taking place across Norfolk every day.”

The Recovery Conference takes place between 10am and 3pm. Everyone is welcome.

For further information about Norfolk Recovery Partnership, which is commissioned by Norfolk County Council Public Health, please visit