The ‘Recovery is a reality’ event took place on Friday 26 April at Hull City Hall and was attended by 200 delegates. The event, organised and supported by Hull City Council and partners, encouraged local communities, businesses, services and organisations in the city to back the cause which is aimed at helping and empowering people with drug and alcohol problems.
The day successfully combined key note speeches, interactive debate, performance, film and comedy to inspire family, friends, businesses and services to get involved in the city’s recovery agenda that helps those with addictions sustain long-term change.
A locally made short film was premiered at the event and follows current and past users on their ‘road to recovery’. It poignantly examines how families, friends, services and businesses in the city currently work together to help those in recovery and shows how businesses and organisations get involved and help positively shape their community. The video can be viewed here.
Recovery is a reality also highlighted the ‘Recovery Champions’ initiative. Recovery Champions (consisting of speakers, service users, peer mentors and professionals) took part in the event and told their own stories to show how ‘recovery’ can affect everyone and how people can positively affect recovery by becoming involved in Recovery Communities. Extremely positive feedback was received from the professionals, service users and wider community who attended the event.