Our Annual Report 2017/18
On behalf of the board, I am proud to present the Trustees’ Annual Report, which sets out, for our supporters, members and the general
public, what we have achieved and to give sight and opportunity for our members to influence our work going forward over the next year.
2017/18 has been a phenomenal year for our little charity. Our membership has continued to grow and we have been delighted with the level of input form members contributing to our work and development. It is your ideas encouragement and continuous support that keep us going & focused on the work that we need to continue to do.
Please down load our annual report.
here Annual report 18-4.pdf
Heroin Assisted Treatment Evidence Summary
Please feel free to down load Heroin Assisted Treatment Evidence Summary & table below
HAT Evidence summary
HAT RCT summary table
Johnny Ruttledge Memorial Award 2015
We are delighted to announce that the Johnny Ruttledge Memorial Award 2015 was awarded to Mark Gilman at the 7th UK Recovery Walk in Durham on Saturday 12th September. The award recognises Mark’s significant contribution to the UK Recovery Community through leadership, love and service.
Mark was one of the original harm reduction pioneers in the North West during the 1980s and in his National treatment Agency role was also instrumental in bringing together and giving a voice to individuals in the North West a decade ago who were asking if there was more to treatment than staying alive, keeping out of jail and being HIV-free. After swimming against the policy tide for a number of years, his leadership helped create the necessary tipping point so that initiating recovery became the explicit aim of treatment services.
In his Public Health England role, Mark has moved the treatment and recovery support field forward by being able to clearly articulate what is required for recovery within a public health narrative, for example the essential role of positive social networks and asset based approaches. His promotion of peer led interventions has helped to make recovery visible both within treatment services and the wider community. We are particularly grateful to him for his outspoken promotion and defence of 12-step recovery, helping to mainstream it as a valid pathway to recovery among professionals.
Mark has retired from his role as Strategic Recovery Lead with Public Health England in July 2015. The award is a fitting way to recognise and thank him for his significant contribution to the UK Recovery Movement and we wish him well with his new venture, “Discovering Health”.
We are having a party you are invited AGM 2015
UK Recovery Walk Charity AGM & Host Winners Announcement & Party Invite
We wanted to firstly let you all know a date for your diary, (25th July) and secondly, officially invite you to our AGM & 2016 Host Winners Party.
As many of you know the aim of the charity is to bring recovery out in the open and, in particular, to make it visible to families and individuals who are still suffering. We aim to do this in a variety of ways. One of these is by hosting The UK Recovery Walk every year in a different host city or town.
We only had one note of interest this year to host the 2016 UK Recovery Walk – and are not therefore required to take a vote by the members of the charity. We have since had enquires from other interested parties but unfortuely they missed the deadline date, but they wont make that mistake again next year.
To formally hold our AGM, and celbrate the new host winners (The Halton Hive), we are having an event:
UKRW Host Winners Party Poster
We would love you to come along and enjoy the event, meeting friends old and new, and celebrate recovery. We would be delighted if you would bring along your friends of recovery too, who will be able to find out a bit more about the charity, its work, its ethos and our trustees.
There will be a variety of entertainment throughout the day and we if you’re interested in performing on the day please get in touch too.
We’re inviting people in the industry, in recovery and from private and public sector from around the UK. It’s sure to be a very exciting day.
We cant wait to see you – Its going to be a exciting day.
UK Recovery Month 2015
UK Recovery Month 2015
The 26th International Recovery Month now draws to a close which saw people across the UK organising at least 150 local events from Aberdeen to Bristol celebrating the fact that recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a lived reality in their lives (compared to around 100 events in 2014).
The highlight of Recovery Month in the UK, and the largest gathering of people in recovery in Europe, is the annual UK Recovery Walk. This year the 7th UK Recovery Walk was held in Durham, writing another chapter in the history of addiction recovery in the UK. At the recovery, spirituality and families conference in Durham Cathedral the day before the walk and the walk itself on Saturday 12th September, we went some way in the North East and across the UK to challenging the social stigma attached to addiction experienced by families, organisations, fellowship programs , neighbourhoods, and whole communities. Many of us have, for too long, knelt with bowed heads, not in humility or prayer, but in shame.
The UK Recovery movement has matured further this year during International Recovery Month. As in our personal recovery, masks of arrogance and intolerance give way to greater humility and acceptance and as a movement overall we have celebrated greater unity in strength and experienced greater strength in unity inspiring our friends and allies in Australia and South Africa to take their respective movements forward too .
When we learn in recovery about accepting the imperfection in ourselves, it becomes easier to forgive what we see as imperfections in others, some of which later become understood not as imperfections but difference. We celebrate with FAVOR every year that differences cease to be a threat, and we experience true joy for another whose pathway of recovery is different than our own.
During International recovery month we had the opportunity to publicise that when we stop claiming that our way is the TRUE way and instead claim only that it works today for us & celebrate all the pathways to recovery.
There have been many people who have worked tirelessly all over the UK to make sure recovery month events went off without a hitch but with much fun and many games, with many people gaining new skills and friends along the way. It’s fantastic to see it go from strength to strength. With the conference and with the 7th UK recovery walk in Durham this year – many of the people of the North East got to know, see and feel what recovery is.
As a charity we are grateful for that and even more so for how the people of the North East worked with, cared and loved us at the charity. It has been a superb year and we will desperately miss you all. Next year’s UK Recovery Walk will be held in Halton. We are also now open to notes of interest and applications for the hosting of The UK Recovery Walk in 2017 – see here for more details.
Our sincerest and deepest gratitude goes to every single person here in the UK & across the world that played a role in International Recovery Month this year.
Recovery Plus Conference
Recovery Plus Conference
Just an update on what looks like an excellent conference from one of the most respected ladies of the addiction/recovery field (Deirdre Boyd) of Recovery Resources
The team at DB say:
Save time, save lives… You will learn more from this intense fully-rounded ‘crash course’ in how to recover from addiction than you could from months of research. Our expert presenters cover topics ranging from the basics to neuroscience to mutual-aid groups, from factors influencing the elderly to youngsters, LGBT, BME and much more. Join us for quality training in a quality environment! Break the intergenerational chain: accelerate addicts into recovery.
Families often reach ‘rock bottom’ before the addict does, and are first to recognise addictive behaviours.
Research also shows that, the longer people go without treatment, the harder it is to start the process of recovery.
At Interventions Plus, you can learn solutions from established, expert interventionists simultaneously strengthening your support network.
Start collecting your CIP (Certified Intervention Professional) education credits/hours to be formally accredited.
Read the preliminary programme: Recovery Plus – agenda 20-21 May
Register here at the link below.
Are you voting on May 7th 2015?
One of the gifts of recovery is enjoying the rights and responsibilities of being a productive & contributing member of society. One of the benefits of being an active citizen in the UK is being able to vote. If you have registered to vote before 20th April you will be able to vote in the UK General Election on 7th May 2015.
You can register here:
You can find out who your current MP is here
Ask them and the other candidates where they stand on the other issues that you care about most and use your vote.
We have been through the election manifestos of the main political parties in the UK and pulled out any references to policies on addiction and recovery below. Please let us know if we have missed anything you think should be included.
We will take targeted action on those high strength, low cost alcohol products that fuel problem drinking. (P.35)
We know drug addiction continues to be a major cause of crime. We will ensure drug treatment services focus on the root causes of addiction, with proper integration between health, police and local authorities in the commissioning of treatment. And we will ban the sale and distribution of dangerous psychoactive substances, so called ‘legal highs’. (P.52)
We will review how best to support those suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity, back into work. People who might benefit from treatment should get the medical help they need so they can return to work. If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced. (p.28)
We will support people struggling with addictions and undertake a review into how best to support those suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity, back in to work. (P.38)
We have always believed that churches, faith groups and other voluntary groups play an important and longstanding role in this country’s social fabric, running food-banks, helping the homeless, and tackling debt and addictions, such as alcoholism and gambling. (P.46)
We reformed drug treatment so that abstinence and full recovery is the goal, instead of the routine maintenance of people’s addictions with substitute drugs. (P.58)
Recognising there is often a link between addiction and mental illness and offering appropriate treatment where this is the case. (P.16)
It is deeply regrettable that there is increasing demand for food-banks in 21st century Britain. If those who attend Food-banks are in such dire straits that they need food hand-outs, there is a high likelihood that they will also need additional support to deal with issues such as debt, family breakdown, addiction and poor physical or mental health. (P.23)
Improved treatment for addiction and mental health problems in prison. Cut crime with specialist drug courts and non-criminal punishments that help addicts get clean. (P.119)
Improve prison governance and accountability with a new value added measure to assess progress in reducing reoffending, providing education and tackling addiction and mental health issues, enabling good prisons to earn greater autonomy. (P.123)
Provide experts in courts and police stations to identify where mental health or a drug problem is behind an offender’s behaviour so they can be dealt with in a way that is appropriate. We will pilot US-style drug and alcohol courts. (P.123)
Plaid Cymru will increase access to talking therapies, as well as funding support for eating disorders, and drug and alcohol treatment. (P.19 )
We will introduce a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol sales. This will tackle the crime and health problems which result from cheap but highly intoxicating drinks and will reduce violent, drunken behaviour. (P.19)
We will help reduce problems with alcohol amongst soldiers and recent veterans by supporting an alcohol dependence strategy. (P.33)
In order to help prisoners with mental health and drug or alcohol problems we will improve co-operation between the prison service and health and substance misuse services. (P.57)
Problems and deaths from substances are more prevalent in Wales than other parts of the UK. Plaid Cymru wants to reduce problematic substance use and substance related deaths by investing in a long term substance use strategy which focuses on harm reduction though a wider range of services and education programmes that treat problematic substance users as patients rather than criminals. (P.31)
Legal highs have outdated the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Party of Wales supports an impact assessment on the Misuse of Drugs Act to review its effectiveness in dealing with today’s substance related problems. (P.31 )
Scottish Nationalist Party Not published until next week
UK Recovery Walk & Conference Brochure 2014
Please use this link to see slides from the Greater Manchester Recovery Walk brochure 2014
Recovery Month 2014 comes to an end
This blog was originally written for and posted at
“Now in its 25th year, international Recovery Month raises awareness of substance use disorders and promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Throughout September thousands of people across the UK have organised local events celebrating the fact that recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a lived reality in their lives.
Recovery events growing
Recovery Month celebration events have grown beyond what anyone could have predicted here in the UK with an estimated 100 events taking place across the country in 2014. Local recovery celebration events that once welcomed a few dozen brave participants grew into the hundreds and then into the thousands. Each one is stepping forward to challenge the degrading public stereotypes attached to addiction – and together stepping forward to put a public face on addiction recovery.
The UK Recovery Walk
The highlight of Recovery Month in the UK is, of course, the annual UK Recovery Walk. This year in Manchester, several thousand people in long term recovery, their friends, allies and families, made visible the viable and varied recovery solutions for alcohol and other drug problems – the largest gathering of people in recovery in Europe!
Next year’s UK Recovery Walk will be held in Durham. We are also now open to notes of interest and applications for the hosting of The UK Recovery Walk in 2016: see here for more details. The host city/town for the UK recovery walk is decided by a vote by UKRW members each year. It’s easy and free to become member.
The UK Recovery Walk charity is the only organisation in the UK with an explicit mission to respond to the organisational and leadership development needs of grass roots addiction recovery community organisations, and to develop and unify addiction recovery advocacy in the UK.
Since our formation in April 2013 we have brought The Anonymous People movie to over fifty locations throughout the UK to raise awareness of our mission and developed various resources to mobilise, support and unify the UK recovery Movement, all of which are free to download from our website, including:
- Advocacy with Anonymity
- Using Your Story
- Top Tips For Media
- Recovery Community Organisations’ Toolkit
- UK Recovery Coach Manual
Our latest resource, A Toolkit for Recovery Advocates in England, has been produced to support the work of those involved in local advocacy work for prevention, treatment and recovery support services in England. It was launched at our “Advocacy in Action” conference, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University the day before the UK Recovery Walk in Manchester and is available as a free download here.
During the next 12 months our plans include:
- Co-producing the 7th UK Recovery Walk in Durham in September 2015
- Developing & disseminating non-stigmatising, evidence based narratives messages for the recovery advocacy movement to engage the public and policy makers
- Advocating for the promotion of laws and social policies that reduce alcohol and other drug problems and support recovery for those suffering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs problems
- Organising and supporting local and national advocacy campaigns
- Rurther developing the Association of Recovery Community Organisations to support local action
- Developing a Leadership Forum to increase leadership capacity and capability in the UK Recovery Movement
25th International Recovery Month
So as we mark the 25th anniversary of International Recovery Month, it is important to recognise why public education and policy advocacy is so important. All over the UK we are, as people in recovery, living lives of restored health and community service who, even as little as 50 years ago, would have died or been subjected to jails & other institutions.
We thank and are deeply grateful to all our professional and volunteer friends who helped create and are trying to protect the environment where this is possible. We also honour your years of dedicated service during this month of recovery education and celebration.
We look forward to seeing you at the 7th UK Recovery Walk in Durham in September 2015 to celebrate the achievements of individuals in recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery services”
FAVOR | Charity Number SC043961