Annual Review

2020/21

The year 2020 has been challenging  for everyone. As an organisation, we have successfully innovated and adapted to find new ways of working to continue to help and support people throughout these challenging times.

It’s important to celebrate and recognise the ongoing achievements of all the staff here at the organisation. Each and every day they are going above and beyond to ensure that the vulnerable people in our communities continue to get the support they need.

This year we’ve…

Engaged with

individuals in our communities

Delivered

Project and group sessions

facilitated

attendances at our groups

Achieved

Soft Outcomes for the Indivuduals working with us

Supported

times with telephone calls & texts to service users

signposted

times to other services & organisations

don’t just take our word for our impact…

 

Have a listen to some of the Service Users that we’ve supported and hear how they’ve benefitted

The Lancashire User Forum went Digital

As part of finding news ways to work during this difficult year, the monthly LUF events were one of the first concepts in our sector to be adapted into an online format known as the “LUF Lounge Live”, in an effort to continue to provide support to people in the community. We spread the content accross multiple digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our Website to reach as many people as possible.

The luf lounge in numbers…

people Reached

Video content Views

post engagements

minutes viewed

That’s… 

1616 hours or 

67 days

of LUF Lounge content watched this year…

Meet Daniel

Building Recovery in Communities

The Building Recovery in Communities (BRiC) Fund managed by Red Rose Recovery, is a community asset fund providing grants across the 12 district authorities of Lancashire to social enterprises, organisations and community projects supporting individuals and their families in recovery from substance misuse.  

Awards of up to £4999 are available alongside Stepping Stone grants of £1000 to help a wide range of projects which have been inspired by the recovery community.

In 2020/21, there were…

Applications received for BRIC & Stepping stones funding

Successful Applicants who passed the interview stages to receive their funding

£'s Given in funding to help start & support community projects & organisations

We used our Bric funding to run “Skem, I Love You” Lockdown Soap Opera, a community wellbeing collaborative video project. The projects ambition was to provide a positive experience for households on lockdown; a community experience involving linking with other families and building new support networks. We also wanted it to be an opportunity for people to learn new skills and increase their self-confidence. All participants felt an improved sense of wellbeing, an improved sense of pride about their town and now have a more positive approach to their mental health. As a wellbeing project, our soap opera was a resounding success. There have been some notable individual participant successes to celebrate as well, such as Mary-Anne who has been inspired to set up her own YouTube channel sharing her food preparation videos.

Maybe the project’s greatest achievement is giving our 14 year old writer Ryan the opportunity to write for professional actors who performed and filmed his monologues. We’re honoured to have been part of his and everyone else’s lockdown journey. The project has turned out to be a comprehensive account of Skelmersdale’s lockdown experience, a shared experience we can all relate to.

Skem, I Love You

we’ve built, forged & strengthened both new & existing partnerships…

Now more than ever, we recognise the importance of partnership working as we’ve developed and innovated new strategies to find new ways of working and delivering support to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Success Stories & Testimonials

These family groups are a blessing and Red Rose Recovery are amazing and our the best advocate’s for these groups. Red Rose should be doing these groups world wide. 

The support I get from the family groups is outstanding and gives me hope. They also gives me a safe place to speak and not be judged by the circumstances that I find my self in.

Families Group

Thank you so much I didn’t think something like this would have made such a difference.

All the women are amazing and inspirational, it gives me hope that I didn’t have before, so thank you.

Women's Group

Dear Staff Member, I just wanted to say thank you again for today. I really found your story so inspring and was so touched that I could be part of this afternoons session too. It was lovely to meet you and I hope that we will be able to meet in person in the future. I truly admire you and everything that you do at Red Rose Recovery. The work you do is truly life changing. The world needs more people like you.

Anonymous

When I first joined Red Rose, I was apprehensive. I wondered how it would work and how other people could help me an make me feel welcome. I joined my first zoom meeting without my camera on and just sat and listened. I think I did that for my first 2 meetings. However, by my 3rd meeting I was ready to show my face on camera and chat to my peers. I suddenly felt a rush of support like I had never felt before and felt comfortable sharing my story that I had hidden so well for the past year. 

You see, I’m addicted to drugs. Not one person judged me or made me feel like I was a failure although I was beginning to hate myself and the addiction that had gripped me so tightly. After a couple of weeks, I not only joined the women’s group but I also began doing other Red Rose Zoom meetings where I would see familiar faces and people who thrive off each other’s support. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I’ve been on groups and felt no self-worth beforehand but yet again the group instantly picks you up! I always come off group feeling powerful. 

So, I made a choice… this addiction needed to be taken control of and with the help of the Red Rose staff I made a self-referral to and adult social worker for rehab. I am beginning my journey in there next week. The process from me doing the self-referral to actually being admitted into rehab is less than 3 weeks. I will spend 3-5 months in there. My son’s birthday I will miss and Christmas with my beautiful children. But… what’s one birthday and one Christmas for their mum to get clean and be happy and healthy again? I’m sure I will make up for it when I’m well again. 

If you’re struggling out there, please reach out to Red Rose. I feel like I’m a part of the family and you will too. Xx

Annonymous

The story of my daughters battle with addiction and its effect on the family started many years ago but it is only in the past 18 to 20 months that I have really started to understand the reasons for her dependence on alcohol. As a family we had gone through every conceivable emotion imaginable. After a particularly bad weekend which culminated in 2 hospital visits, her partner decided he had almost reached the end of the road and was going away for the night with their children. That left me with a problem. I was about to take my daughter home from hospital after the second visit but I couldn’t leave her alone in her house. I sat in the car and thought “This situation is getting nowhere. Too many people are giving advice but doing nothing and she is literally crying for help”. I decide I would take control and take her back to our house. It sounds strange but it was as though a light had been turned on and I could suddenly see the way ahead. I phoned my wife to tell her the situation and she immediately accepted my decision.

My daughter stayed with us for the next few months, and although she was still drinking we controlled it on a daily basis. She regularly attended Inspire meetings and saw social workers and medical people before being accepted into residential detox followed by rehab. There was a feeling of relief in the family at this stage knowing she was being helped. We visited her at weekends and she seemed to be doing really well. She then moved into a recovery home just before Covid 19 struck and lockdown came into force. The pressure seemed to build up and she began to drift back to her old ways.

It all came to a head when she took an overdose of anti-depressants and drink and she jumped off a railway bridge. That day was surreal. As though it was a bad dream. We knew there had been an incident and actually drove past the ambulance and police, who were by the railway line, not knowing what had happened. Our other daughter and family had watched the air ambulance land nearby and it was an hour later when we received the call telling us the news that the person on the train track was my daughter.

I can’t put into words the emotional effect that this had on us all and it was only a positive attitude that kept us going. Hopefully, things will now look up as she is now out of hospital and recovering very slowly from her injuries. There is still a long way to go but hopefully she will pull through it for everyone’s sake.

The help, advice and support we get from Red Rose Recovery gives an unbelievable boost to us all. One of the many things RRR has taught me is that there is no such thing as a lost cause as long as you stay positive. I do know my daughter loves going to RR meetings (online at the moment) and the highlights of my week are ‘The Families  Matter Meetings’ which give me a chance to get things off my chest and take on board other people’s views. I will be forever grateful to Lorna, Lynne, Barbara and Emma and Red Rose Recovery for the guidance, understanding and help they have shown not only to my daughter but to me and the family. 

Thank you to the team.

From a Family Member

more 2020/21 Highlights

We were proudly one of the first organisations to rapidly adapt and innovate to shift our community support and services online.

We’ve formed major new partnerships with various organisations, including MIND and the Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Staff and Volunteers made the final shortlist in 2020’s BIBA’s Heroes Awards, recognising how individuals or an organisation has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and has successfully innovated and adapted to find new ways of working.

We’ve supported the design and delivery of a free leadership programme with Clore Social Leadership, LEX and the Centre For Knowledge Equity, aimed at developing leaders with lived experience of the Criminal Justice System. 

We’ve supported multiple marketing campaigns such as Dry January & Alcohol Awareness Week through helping to share and promote materials across our digital platforms.

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