“This is something that we look forward to every year as a celebration of the very real achievements of individuals in recovery."
Scores of people who have accessed drug and alcohol services led by Humankind, will take part in the national Recovery Walk this weekend.
Humankind is sponsoring the annual event which will this year be held in Shrewsbury and is expected to attract 8,000 people from all over the UK.
Jo Byrden, Sustained Recovery Manager at Humankind’s 5 Ways Recovery Academy in Leeds, said: “This is something that we look forward to every year as a celebration of the very real achievements of individuals in recovery.
“Staff, volunteers, former clients from Humankind’s drug and alcohol services – plus their families and friends - will be there. They will be representing the work of their local service and sharing their personal success in achieving and sustaining abstinence.”
The focus of the UK Recovery Walk is a public education and outreach campaign that communicates by offering living proof of the reality of long-term addiction recovery. We also highlight the many pathways and styles of such recovery to the public, policymakers, the media and communities.
Humankind staff and volunteers will also be participating in the Annual FAVOR Conference today (Friday 7 September) which this year has the theme: “Sustainable Recovery…friends homes and jobs”
Humankind Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley, who will be at the the walk with his family, said: “I am very much looking forward to the Recovery Walk .
“We’re proud to be part of this fantastic campaign, that seems to get stronger each year.”
Humankind Services which will be taking part include Forward Leeds, North Yorkshire Horizons, Barnsley Recovery Steps, Calderdale Recovery Steps, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Service and South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service.