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Swaffham conference celebrates recovery

A special event being held next week will enable people who are currently or have been affected by drug and alcohol issues to celebrate recovery while discovering more about the support and recovery organisations available locally.

The Recovery Conference, which will be held on Friday, 15 April, 10am-2.30pm, has been organised by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), a partnership of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Matthew Project and the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust.

The partnership provides the adult substance misuse treatment service for Norfolk residents, commissioned by Norfolk County Council Public Health.

Taking place at the Green Britain Centre, in Swaffham, the conference will give service users, carers, volunteers, as well as anyone else touched by the effects of substance misuse the chance to get together and celebrate recovery.

Workshops will take place during the day, focusing on assertiveness and mindfulness as well as painting and pilates. A variety of organisations will also run information stalls, including Recovery Through Art, Sing Your Heart Out, The Guild, Soccer Life, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and many more.

Anyone interested in volunteering with NRP will also be able to find out more about the opportunities available, while service users and their carers will be able to share their experiences to help further improve services in the county.

Chris Strivens, NRP's Deputy Service Manager, said: “We have arranged this special conference to bring together service users who are recovering or exiting treatment, carers, volunteers and our partner organisations, to celebrate recovery while finding out more about local services.

“Anyone who has experience of issues with drugs or alcohol problems is welcome to drop in, take part in a variety of different activities and discussions. We’ll also be celebrating the work of our NRP volunteers, who play a really important role in enhancing the services we provide.

“We hope as many people as possible will come and join us on the day and help us celebrate recovery, and some of the fantastic success stories taking place across the county.”

The Recovery Conference takes place at the Green Britain Centre, in Swaffham, and runs from 10am-2.30pm.

For further information about Norfolk Recovery Partnership, please visit