Happy New Year!
What an incredible year 2016 has been for recovery in York! The community continues to grow and is going from strength to strength with visible recovery on every corner. You only have to walk in and around the city centre to see the impact of recovery in York. Have a look at everything you as a community have achieved over the past year in this video
We would love to hear your thoughts on these events and any suggestions you might have for future events in 2017 so please do feel free to comment at the bottom of the page. If you have an idea for an event and would like to apply for funding from York in Recovery please follow this link
March 2016 – The Conversation Café
A conversation style café was held with the aim of gathering health professionals, service providers, services users and commissioners together to discuss as a collective what we are doing to support recovery in York, and what more can be done to promote and support recovery in York.
Three key questions were put to the attendees for discussion.
1) What would you like to see in the next stage of recovery in York?
2) How can commissioned services best support recovery in the city?
3) How can we best inform people about the support available?
The information provided is currently being used as the basis for YIR forum meetings. The full results and report can be found here. We hope to run another conversation café in 2017 so watch this space……
July 2016 – Charity Rowing Challenge
Ahead of the Dragon Boat Race and providing an opportunity to limber up, Changing Lives held a Charity Rowing Challenge right in York City Centre on dry land! The team rowed through the night and covered 186km in 18hours – that’s the distance between all the Oaktrees projects in England, and all the way from Blyth to York.
July 2016 – The Dragon Boat Race
The paddles came out for the fourth year running at the annual Rotary Club Dragon Boat Race. The York in RowCovery team donned their famous trademark head attire and paddled like mad up and down the River Ouse. The team spirit and support was incredible and our togetherness as a community shone out! We may not have won in 2016, but if there was a trophy for the most effort then York in RowCovery smashed it! We raised a total of £1264.73
Watch the director’s cut official movie here
We hope to secure a boat for the 2017 race. Check the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge page for further information www.yorkrotary.co.uk/2017-race/4553896943
We are always looking for willing participants to take part in this amazing annual event so please do get in touch if you feel like having some paddling pandemonium or supporting us in other ways at the River Ouse this coming July.
August 2016 – Service of Recovery, Hope & Remembrance
On August 17th York in Recovery held a service of Hope & Remembrance at St Helens Church in York. This was an opportunity for people in the community to come together and celebrate recovery whilst remembering those we have lost through addiction. The service was touching and emotional with personal recovery stories, poetry, hymns, and Recovery Sings @ LIAMS performing their version of Angels as well as music written and performed by one of its members.
At the end of the service members of the congregation were invited to write a sentiment, thought or prayer on a purple prayer leaf to then hang on the tree of remembrance. These were then randomly picked and read out during other services in the following weeks. What a wonderful way to remember those we have lost through addiction.
September 2016 – York in Recovery Football Tournament
What a fantastic day and a massive well done to everyone who took part and all the helped organise the event. It was a huge success.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners – Arc light
And to the runner up – Lifeline
The Rotherham Rebels won ‘The Fair Play Award’ for the 4th year running
September 2016 – The UK Recovery Walk
Members of the recovery community attended the annual UK Recovery Walk at Halton in Cheshire to show permanent recovery from alcohol and other drug related problems is not only possible, but a reality in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families across the country. We held our York in Recovery banner loud and proud!
The UK Recovery Walk is the biggest gathering of recovering people in Europe and this annual event is an excellent opportunity to show others what we can and do achieve. The 2017 UK Recovery Walk will be in Blackpool on 9th September.
October 2016 – Recovery Sings @ LIAMS in York Minster
Recovery Sings @ LIAMS* performed at the Chapter House in York Minster for the 4th year running and brought the house down! They performed to an audience of 100 people Songs performed included music from artists such as Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley, Oasis and Disturbed, just to name a few! Being able share the joys of recovery through music.
All performances from York Minster can be viewed in full here
Recovery sings @ LIAMS* performs throughout the year at various venues and events so keep an eye out on this website and our York in Recovery facebook page LINK for future events. If you are in recovery and interested in joining Recovery Sings @ LIAMS to help deliver some funk and soul then please leave a message at the bottom of the page. Absolutely no experience necessary!
*LIAMS stands for Love It At Music and Singing in memory of a member of the community
December 2016 – Christmas Carol Service
On December 23rd York in Recovery put on a Christmas Carol Service with a twist at St Helens Church in York. Personal recovery stories, traditional Christmas Carols, creative expression from members of the recovery community as well as performances from Recovery Sings @ LIAMS all contributed to what was a brilliant event that really got people in to the festive spirit – not to mention the mince pies afterwards! To be able to have the space at St Helen’s to get together at Christmas was a real gift for the community as we spread the word of recovery throughout the City of York.
We look forward to seeing you all in the year ahead!