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Special festival showcases 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 Festival takes place at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich on 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 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.

A band made up of NRP staff, a band 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.

In addition, people will be given the chance to find out more about peer support and volunteering, get advice on health and wellbeing and try out complementary therapies. Art and yoga groups and a five-a-side football tournament will also take place.

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

Chris Strivens, NRP's Deputy Service Manager, said: “We have arranged this special festival to showcase the work of the 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, while we’ll also be offering art and yoga taster sessions and the chance to get active in our five-a-side competition.

“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. Everyone is welcome.

For further information about NRP, which offers a range of services including detoxification, medication, counselling and support to reduce use, please visit