Jardine Simpson – Recovery Month 2022 Is Here

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Hi Recoverists!

Welcome to our Recovery Month Newsletter. Firstly, I hope to see you all on the 24th in Paisley for this year’s Recovery Walk Scotland. We hope that this year’s theme of Connected and Caring will resonate. As drug and alcohol deaths continue to be a source of national shame and personal tragedy, we believe that by encouraging more people to understand the power of positive, trusting, human relationships and to reassess their personal attitudes towards people who experience substance dependency, we can help the national effort to improve how our society responds to its most vulnerable citizens.

We are really pleased to be working with services and structures across Renfrewshire to build on this collective approach during Connected and Caring Renfrewshire into 2023. This campaign is a collection of varied events and activities which we hope will leave a legacy of a community that is more compassionate and integrated with services than ever, with staff truly feeling they are a part of the local population and a part of positive change for the people they engage with. We hope we are on course for one of Scotland’s biggest and best Recovery Walks, with a whole load of new activities and attractions so the whole family can enjoy an incredible day out with a significant and serious purpose.

We are also planning to launch our new approach to Recovery Learning this month, so keep your eyes on our social medias and websites for updates! For too long the work of people with Lived Experience of substance dependency and Recovery have gone unacknowledged by academics, professionals and decision makers, and we want to amplify the understanding of the power of Recoverists in getting people well and allowing them to flourish as contributing citizens. SRC is now working with a variety of educational institutions to create a system of study, qualifications and self- development that can enhance careers (of Lived Experience and other staff in Drugs and Alcohol agencies), contribute to workforce development, and ultimately lead to a place where Recovery Development is universally accepted as a fundamental professional discipline which needs to be present and recognised in any contemporary ROSC. We hope that you will find learning opportunities that suit you with us, whatever your circumstances, background or motivating interest.

Finally, we have loads more stuff in the pipeline which our staff will be introducing to local Recovery Communities and LEROs in person, so don’t hesitate to get in touch about how we can help you achieve your Recovery ambitions.

Have a Connected and Caring Recovery Month and see you all in Paisley, Recovery Buddies!

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