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Centre marks Recovery Week with open day

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LEICESTER’S drug and alcohol recovery centre is holding an open day to help mark Recovery Week.

The centre, known as No. 5, is based in Hill Street, and opened its doors in April this year. It currently supports up to 30 people daily, helping them to address their substance misuse issues and engage with other partner agencies as they start their recovery journey.

Since its opening, 348 people have attended No. 5 to use its services, making nearly 1,500 (1,488) visits to the centre.

On Thursday (6 Sept) from 10am-3pm, there will be a range of events and activities taking place at the centre aimed at celebrating recovery and increasing understanding of drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

These include a drum workshop, basic advice on health and nutrition, art therapy and health screening sessions. The events are free and open to everyone, but could be particularly suited to people who have drug and alcohol problems, their families and friends, and people in recovery.

Recovery Week in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland takes place from 1-8 September and marks the start of National Recovery Month, acknowledged every year in September.

Recovery Week is supported by the city and county councils, the police, and recovery support services Falcon, Turning Point and Dear Albert.

Events taking place to mark the week include the launch of a new ‘recovery café’ at Turning Point, in Eldon Street, on Thursday evening (6 Sept) from 5pm, plus a local recovery walk, which starts at Town Hall Square at 11am on Friday (7 Sept).

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health, said: “People with drug and alcohol problems often lead chaotic lives and have complex needs. There’s clearly a local need for the sort of specialist support that No. 5 provides, which is why we invested in it when the Anchor Centre came to the end of its useful life.

“It’s extremely positive that No. 5 has already helped so many people. We’re pleased to support Recovery Week by showcasing the work that goes on at No. 5 and hopefully helping more people on their journey to recovery.”

Services at the centre are delivered by two social enterprises, Inclusion Healthcare and Dear Albert, which provide specialist support for people with drink and substance misuse problems.

Wayne Henderson from Inclusion Healthcare said: “Inclusion Healthcare, alongside Dear Albert, are proud to be the providers of this service. Our staff help to support and guide some of the city’s most vulnerable and excluded people into recovery via our partnership working with other agencies across the city. The newly refurbished centre displays the commitment the city has to providing a place of safety and understanding for its service users, and encourages recovery.”  

Jon Roberts from Dear Albert said: “Leicester Recovery Week provides a number of opportunities for substance use services to open their doors and celebrate the recovery that can be achieved from drug and alcohol issues. Making recovery visible in our communities supports others to achieve the same, helps address stigma and provides real hope to those still struggling. As the strapline for recovery week this year states: ‘We can, you can, together we are strong’.”

Joint funding of £600,000 from Leicester City Council and Public Health England was used to open up No. 5, which was commissioned by the city council and the police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire, as part of a joint approach to tackle street drinking in the city centre.

Users of the centre are able to access a range of treatment options, healthcare, support and information on employment, education and training to help them get back on their feet.

No. 5 also offers a drop-in service every day, with access to food, washing and laundry facilities.