Image demonstrating Supporters walking tall to raise awareness during recovery month

Supporters walking tall to raise awareness during recovery month

Berwick will see people in recovery from dependence on drugs and alcohol, supporters, families and friends coming together to walk around the town on Friday 27th September.

Organised by Northumberland Recovery Partnership involving Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Changing Lives and Turning Point, the recovery walk aims to celebrate and support people on their journey of recovery from drug and alcohol dependendence and show others that recovery is possible.

In celebration of the event and to promote Recovery Month, which takes place annually during September, the Royal Border Bridge is being lit up purple on the evenings of 26th and 27th September. 

The public are invited to attend the recovery walk which is starting at 10am at Wallace Green, Berwick, TD15 1EB for tea, coffee and chat. The walk to the lighthouse and back will begin at 11am. 

Following the walk, a healthy lunch will be served at Wallace Green followed by meditation.  A health trainer will also be available for blood pressure readings, weight and nutritional advice in the afternoon. 

Councillor Veronica Jones, Cabinet Member for health and well-being at Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s fantastic that such a positive event is happening within Northumberland. 

“The council is fully supportive of people who are on their recovery journey within the county and is dedicated to making sure that everyone can access the support services on offer.

“Many people recover with the support of their family, friends or Mutual Aid groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. To complement this, the Northumberland Recovery Partnership provides an excellent specialist substance misuse service that carries out life-changing work helping over 220 people last year to recover and we’re proud to support this event”.  

NRP service manager, Sam Ruth, said: “The Berwick recovery walk is a great way to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by those in recovery from addiction, while also bringing people together and building community spirit. It promotes unity and inclusivity, both of which are central to the recovery journey.

“Many people supported by Changing Lives have been looking forward to taking part in this event for weeks, whatever the weather!”

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