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Long standing programme celebrates Recovery Month

Active Choices in action at St George's Park

Derby County Community Trust's long standing Active Choices programme has celebrated national Recovery Month, by putting on a number of activities for participants as they continue to provide support through people's recovery from alcohol and substance misuse.

Designed to support individuals with getting more active and maintaining routine, Active Choices also provides sustainable exit routes for participants.

Over the last month, participants have taken part in a number of activities, including playing at St George’s Park in a Recovery Football Festival that was hosted in partnership with Chesterfield FC Community Trust, visiting Blackpool and taking part in regular sessions too.

The festival saw recovery programmes from across Derbyshire come together to celebrate participants, raise awareness of recovery and reduce social stigma regarding substance misuse addiction and recovery.

Participants made the journey to Blackpool to play in a competitive game and take in the sights, as well as sharing personal journeys with others over a fish and chip supper.

Adam Rowley, Health Team Leader, said:

“September provided us with the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the recovery of our clients and create meaningful experiences for them to be a part of something which we have done throughout the programme's nine year existence.

“We really emphasise carrying this positive message, which gives people who are in active addiction the strength and hope to believe that recovery is out there.

“We’d like to thank Derbyshire County Council’s Public Health Department for their support in funding these fantastic opportunities for our participants during Recovery Month.”

Active Choices