Seize the day, service user conference 2011

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The National Service User conference yesterday in Birmingham – ‘Seize the Day’. Alistair Sinclair and I were asked to speak about the UK Recovery Federation (UKRF).

The National Service User conference yesterday in Birmingham – ‘Seize the Day’. Alistair Sinclair and I were asked to speak about the UK Recovery Federation (UKRF).

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  • Background – How we ended up in Glasgow in Jan 2010. Who’s involved UKRF Directors – Anne-Marie Ward & Alistair Sinclair – Development Officer Ayrshire ADP – In Recovery 13 years –Advisory Group - Ollie Mates & Damien Prescott – Wirral drug treatment system / Links – Recovery Academy – David Best, Rowdy Yates (Stirling), Stephen Bamber / Alliance/NUN/ UKHRA – Neil Hunt, Kent Uni & KCA / Francis Cook – SU advocate – connections – FAVOR/Phil Valentine/Bill White. Community Interest Companies – Set up to benefit communities.
  • Edinburgh LEAP / Serenity Cafe
  • North-East
  • Carl Edwards – Park View – Carolyn Edwards – Genie in the Gutter, Liverpool, - Recovery Rising.
  • Blackpool
  • Thomas - Lancashire
  • EXACT – Brian Morgan – SU lead W Sussex DAAT – South-East Recovery Network – Portsmouth South East Event – UKRF events across 18 DAAT’s – Looking at setting up South-East Recovery Network as CIC.
  • A useful definition & perspective from William White. UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) have similar ‘consensus’ definition.
  • Centre for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) – 2005-2008 – consultation across 50 states – expanded to cultural & structural – wider – emphasis on Recovery Capital and ‘connectedness’. Embracing abstinence based and medically assisted models of recovery. Many Pathways.
  • System change – first stage = Awareness/consciousness raising & education, values based work, developing alliances between treatment Services and Recovery Communities – 2 UKRF events (1 ST 07.05.10) – ABCD approach – establishing and developing shared agendas. Following N/W NTA/UKRF conference 09.09.10 Working with Lancashire (inc Blackburn & Blackpool), Scotland, Merseyside, Yorkshire, E. Midlands. South East – 18 Localities (Portsmouth South East event early 2011) Ref RSA Peterborough Recovery Capital Project/ Whole Person Recovery and Social Impact Bond Pilot. Jayne Addams – Settlement Movement. Big society.
  • Questions.


  • 2. UKRF : Where we come from The UKRF Recovery Principles & Definitions of ‘Recovery’ UKRF : Supporting Strengths within individuals, Communities & Services Recovery Networks/ Communities Where we are going Hope & optimism
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  • 17. UKRF Aims: To promote the UKRF Recovery principles and support the development of a UK Recovery Movement that reflects regional diversity. To give a voice to recovering people and people in recovery. To support individuals, groups, organisations and communities in the development of their ‘Recovery Capital’. To promote & support diverse and effective community-focused recovery models and practice. To support community-focused organisations and groups in the delivery of recovery-oriented Services.
  • 18. “… the experience (a process and a sustained status) through which individuals, families, and communities impacted by severe alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems utilize internal and external resources to voluntarily resolve these problems, heal the wounds inflicted by AOD-related problems, actively manage their continued vulnerability to such problems, and develop a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.” William White  
  • 19. The UKRF Recovery Principles:   Recovery lies within individuals, families and communities and is self directed and empowering.   Recovery lies within our ‘connectedness’ to others, is holistic and has many cultural dimensions.   Recovery is supported by peers, families and allies within communities.   Recovery involves the personal, cultural and structural recognition of the need for participative change, transformation and the building of recovery capital.   Recovery involves a continual process of change and self-redefinition for individuals, families, organisations and communities.  
  • 20.   Recovery challenges all discrimination and transcends shame and stigma.   Recovery emerges from hope, gratitude, love and service to others.   There are many pathways to Recovery and no individual, community or organisation has the right to claim ownership of the ‘right pathway.’   Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and well-being.   Recovery transcends, whilst embracing, harm reduction and abstinence based approaches and does not seek to be prescriptive.   Honesty, self-awareness and openness lie at the heart of Recovery.   Recovery is a Reality & Contagious
  • 21. Where are WE going? The UKRF will stick to its Principles and Values The UKRF will build on the Strengths that every one has The UKRF will support the building of new Recovery Networks/ Communities The UKRF will be part of a new Social Justice movement
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