Swanswell joins service users for special football tournament

20 May 2013

Swanswell’s team members and service users are joining forces this week to take part in a special football tournament celebrating recovery in Birmingham.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will join teams from organisations across the city for the five-a-side Power League tournament, organised by Changes UK, on Friday 24 May from 11am to 4pm.

The annual event takes place at the Sedgemere Sports and Social Club in Yardley to celebrate multi-agency working, showcasing the recovery community and the work of organisations like Swanswell, who support people in recovery from alcohol or drug misuse.

It’s the fourth year that Swanswell has taken part in the tournament, with two of the charity’s teams making the semi-finals last year.

Swanswell’s involvement in the tournament is part of its peer mentoring project, encouraging service users to take part in activities that aid their recovery, while receiving additional support from former and current service users who are at different stages of their own recovery.

Trevor Bedford, Operations Manager for Swanswell in Birmingham, said: ‘We’re always really encouraged by the interest and support we get from our service users and team members every year – and this year will be no different.

The health and social benefits of playing team games like this really can make a positive difference to people on their journey towards recovery from alcohol or drug misuse, which is why we offer activities like this as part of an individual’s treatment.

Whatever the result will be, I’m sure it’ll be a very enjoyable day, and together, we can help raise awareness of the importance of recovery in helping people to change and be happy.’

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