Swanswell event celebrates recovery from substance misuse in Birmingham

11 September 2013

People who have made inspirational life changes after recovering from substance misuse are being celebrated as part of a special event in Birmingham, organised by Swanswell.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is holding its first recovery celebration event in the city on Tuesday 17 September 2013.

In Birmingham, Swanswell runs the adult drug treatment and support service as well as the Supporting People service, helping people affected by problem drug use with tenancies, budgeting and gaining paid employment. 

The event – open to people who’ve accessed Swanswell’s support, their friends and families – will take place between 10am and 1pm at 23 Summerhill Terrace in Birmingham, and includes speakers, entertainment and an award ceremony.  Booking is required.

It’s being held during recovery month, recognised world-wide as an opportunity to promote and celebrate recovery, not just to the public but also to those who are still affected by problem alcohol and drug use.

Swanswell’s recovery celebration event also comes in the same week as the UK Recovery Walk in Birmingham on 22 September 2013. Around 3,000 people are expected to take part in the walk beginning at Victoria Square at 12pm and ending in Calthorpe Park.

Natacha Bogard, Operations Manager for Swanswell in Birmingham, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to hold our first celebration event during recovery month, particularly in such an important week for recovery in Birmingham.

Our event is a great opportunity for people in recovery to show exactly what they’ve achieved, turning their lives around for the better – it’s something they can be very proud of.’

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Recovery is a huge milestone for people affected by problem alcohol and drug use, so it’s really fitting to celebrate their achievements and show others that recovery is possible.’

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