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Festival gives Norfolk residents a chance to discover recovery

Just Regional
Jun 20, 2013 3 mins read

This weekend, The Forum in Norwich will host a festival that aims to inspire people to recover from substance misuse and celebrates those who have overcome drug and alcohol problems. The festival will provide the wider community with information and positive messages about recovery from drug and alcohol problems and what can be achieved by individuals and the community.

The Discover Recovery Festival 2013 is being held this Sunday (23 June) between 10am-4pm by the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP).

The festival will provide the wider community with information and positive messages about recovery from drug and alcohol problems and how individuals and groups can assist with recovery.

On the day there will be the chance to attend drop in meetings with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the SMART Recovery Group who will offer people the chance to see how these mutual aid groups work.

There will also be a launch of a new book and film commissioned by N-DAP to celebrate recovery across Norfolk which will provide the county with a lasting resource which can be used in the future to further develop our recovery community and reduce stigma.

Former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan will be opening and compering the event and the Lord Mayor will be in attendance and closing the event.

There will be a wide variety of stalls and activities in the Atrium along with meetings and drama activities in the Curve theatre and a stage on Millennium Plain which will host live bands, Zumba, Powerhoop and Tai Chi demonstrations. The event will be supported by the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library who will be hosting author talks and book displays.

There will be face painting in the Atrium and Norfolk County Council’s Family Learning will be providing family craft activities throughout the day in the Children’s Library. Norwich City Football Club mascots Razz the Clown and Aunty Pearl will be in attendance and there will be a recovery themed tuk-tuk providing free rides around the city centre.

Harold Bodmer, Director of Norfolk County Council Community Service and N-DAP Chair, said: “I encourage as many people as possible to attend this very important event. It promises to be an insightful and informative day and hopefully lots of fun.

“Dependence on drugs and alcohol impacts on every level of our communities but recovery is achievable for most people and needs to be supported in order for people to be able to lead long and fulfilling lives free from drugs and alcohol.”

For more information please contact:

Fiona Wright, Recovery and Engagement Coordinator for the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team: phone 01603 638 432 or 07881 853 652, or email fiona.wright@norfolk.gov.uk

Anne-Louise Schofield, Strategy Manager for the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team: phone 01603 638 299 or email anne-louise.schofield.dat@norfolk.gov.uk

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