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July 2019

Another great Wellbeing Event

Thanks to Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster for letting us use their facilities to host another Well-being Event!

“There was 2 activities that everyone took part in; indoor climbing and a 20m high gravity tower. Both activities were amazing and all 3 instructors were brilliant and were able to pass on their knowledge to help. All 7 of the individuals that attended absolutely enjoyed themselves, with many facing their fears of heights and the strange feeling of stepping off a 20m high platform. It showed many how mentally strong they really are and they can use this experience to help them in battling everyday problems as well as recovery. Everyone left saying they cannot wait for the next event.

Rachel, thank you so much for allowing Red Rose Recovery to use your facilities. Without your help and your instructors being a pleasure to be around; these day cannot take place.”

June 2019

To Strive to Seek to Find to not to Yield.

“The picture above shows me about to head out for the second half of the Pennine Barrier Ultramarathon.

The race was is and would be the culmination of my efforts this year to harness my will drive and perseverance to reach new heights and hopefully gather sufficient points to make me eligible for the upcoming UTMB CCC. Mont Blanc trail Marathon ballot in December.”

Click here to find his latest blog post

June 2019

Lancaster Pride

“On Saturday 22 Jun; the LGBT community came together for the Lancaster Pride.

The event was amazing and Red Rose Recovery were fortunate enough to be able to attend such a colourful and remarkable day. There was a parade around Lancaster town centre with thousands of people, from all walks of life, coming together to celebrate community. With music play, face painting and individuals going on stage, showing the world that we are all human!

Such a powerful and diverse environment that Red Rose Recovery were proud to be part of.

June 2019

A Thank You

Our thank you letter to Greggs’ Bakery…

“To whom it may concern,

Red Rose Recovery is an infrastructure organisation which supports vulnerable diverse people with a range of problems as well as their families. We as an organisation would like to say a big thank you for the unsold food donations you have been providing us, we would like to give a special thanks to Sue Dodwell at your branch in St Georges shopping centre in Preston. We hope this support from Greggs can continue in the future. The people who attend our groups at our organisation are incredibly grateful for your support. Some of these people may not have eaten for a number of days.

The food has acted as an incentive for vulnerable people to attend the groups, this has had a big impact on people receiving the help and support they need. With the support of volunteers, projects and events that are held, all of these are invaluable in an individual’s recovery journey. 

Many Thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Red Rose Recovery”

June 2019

Working in Partnership

A great example of services working in partnership and breaking down stigma, and a big thank you to the volunteers who took part.

“Today Emerging Futures and Red Rose Recovery worked together on a Noble Cause to clean and tidy an elderly ladies front and back garden. 

There was a lot of rubbish that had to be taken to the rubbish tip and the front garden was very over grown. However; with the help and aid of emerging Futures, 3 volunteers from Lancaster and a work placement, the task took no time at all. 

Thank you Katie, Barry, Paul and Martin. Without your help and volunteering your free time, Noble Causes like these cannot take place and now her grandchildren have a safe and clean environment to play in.”

June 2019

Peter Yarwood with the Health & Social Care Comittee

Peter Yarwood describing the benefits of co-production and of empowering people who have “become accustomed to being at the margins of society – we said no, that’s not OK”.

Lancashire has some great examples of innovative commissioning & services working together to bring about real change.

May 2019

Wellbeing fun!

Gareth, one of our volunteers in North Lancashire, arranged a free wellbeing morning for service users this month; here’s his take on it…

“There was 6 of us in total and the morning started with indoor climbing walls. Many different walls, with various challenges on each wall/activity. After the climbing; we went on the gravity tower which is a 20m high structure with different activities at various heights.

Everyone had a great day and there was so much to do. The instructors said that they really enjoyed taking the group as we all interacted together and worked as a team though out. But most of all they could see we were all enjoying it and our positive vibe was infectious. It showed people what life is really all about, that you can empower people and give then strength on their recovery journey, build a new network by just getting out and trying something new.

As you can see in the pictures; such a great day and we are looking forward to the next one!”

May 2019

Reformed addicts: Here is how a prison visit from Red Rose Recovery helped drug addict Steven kick the habit which killed his brother

 Steven Brown, who has since moved on to new pastures and a new job, came through Red Rose Recovery and the Lancashire User Forum from Prison to a fully fledged staff member.

In this article he shares some of that journey.

You can read the full story by clicking here.

April 2019

Super Stu Smashes Marathon Personal Best!

Stu is an active lives officer based in Lancaster UK who promotes health wellbeing and the love of all running disciplines.

You can follow his blog, The Only Way is Up, by clicking here.

March 2019

I went from jail to Buckingham Palace

Peter Yarwood & Emma Daggers share some of their recovery story and talk about how the Lancashire User Forum and Red Rose Recovery came about.

You can read the full story here.

March 2019

Red Rose Recovery Awarded Funding From The National Lottery Community Fund!

Following a competitive application process, we’re delighted to announce award of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund amounting to nearly £400,000 to develop the work we do with vulnerable communities across Lancashire.

Commissioned in 2015 by Lancashire County Council Public Health to support individuals with experience of substance or alcohol misuse, we’ve grown significantly, working with partners and developing the reach of our services to help people facing a range of challenges.

This is achieved through positive peer associations and supporting personal development through wellbeing improvements and engagement in wider activities including training, volunteering and creating sustainable community projects.

We’re truly grateful to the fund and the millions of ordinary people who through their Lotto contributions enable organisations like ours to grow-helping their local communities to thrive.

This rounds off a fabulous year for Red Rose Recovery having also received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

To find out more about what we do check out the rest of our website or download the Red Rose Recovery digital app from the App Store or Google Play.

If you live in Lancashire and you or a family member are experiencing issues around addiction please get in touch with our Preston office on 01772 821440, all calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

March 2019

Duke of Cambridge’s praise for recovering drug addicts

One of our current staff members and another staff member who has recently moved on to new pastures meet William & Kate.

You can read the full story here.