UK Recovery Walk 2013 - Birmingham

09 September 2013

Three thousand people are expected to take part in a national walk in Birmingham next week to celebrate recovery from addiction, mental health difficulties, abuse and oppression.

The annual Recovery Walk, hosted by different towns or cities each year, is an opportunity for people in recovery to celebrate their achievements and share them with others, while raising awareness of the support available for those who may not yet be getting help.

The two-mile walk takes place on Sunday 22nd September beginning at Victoria Square at 12.00pm, finishing at Calthorpe Park, where live music, food stalls, artists and entertainers will showcase the ever-growing recovery community’s diverse range of talent.

It’s been organised by people who are in recovery in the city and is open to anyone in recovery from addiction, mental health difficulties, abuse or oppression across the UK.

The Recovery Walk’s supported by a number of organisations including Addaction, Aquarius, Changes UK, CRI, Phoenix Futures and Swanswell, and helps raise awareness that recovery is possible. It also aims to tackle the stigma associated with addiction and mental health.

The organisers welcome everyone passionate about recovery to come along and celebrate on the day.

Chair of the organising committee, Richard Maunders, said: 'Those of us who were privileged to take part in the UK Recovery Walk in Brighton last year know what a powerful message of hope these events can bring to individuals, families and communities. 

'We're extremely proud that Birmingham has been chosen to host the event this year in recognition of its title 'the recovery capital of the UK' and we look forward to highlighting that recovery can be meaningful, achievable and fun. 

'So whether you're in recovery yourself, related to someone in recovery or just want to join in our celebration we'd love to see you on September 22nd.'

For more information about how to get involved and to register visit the UK Recovery Walk 2013 website. 

The organisers have also set up a Facebook page at and are on Twitter.

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