Marsh Recovery Awards with Addaction

This is a new Award, run in partnership with Addaction, which seeks to recognise the hard work, dedication and outstanding contribution that people in recovery have made to raising awareness and combatting the stigma associated with substance use.

There are four award categories which are open to anyone in recovery:
• Exceptional Individual in the Field of Recovery
• Exceptional Group in the Field of Recovery
• Exceptional Activity in the Field of Recovery
• Exceptional Media in Challenging the Stigma of Recovery

Addaction is the UK's leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity. They offer a wide range of addiction services in England and Scotland, which are free and confidential.

The 2016 winners are Anna Elston, Swanswell Peer Support Group, Foundations Drug and Alcohol Service and Ampy Liptrot

Exceptional Individual in the Field of Recovery – Anna Elston
Following her own experience of recovery, Anna felt compelled to retain in order to assist other parents who were battling with addiction, and obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Addictions Counselling from the University of Bath. She delivered a speech to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and her courage in publically speaking about her experiences went a long way in tackling the stigma surrounding addiction. Anna is currently Co-ordinator of the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme in Bournemouth, which is a preventative, educational, evaluative programme, delivered to secondary school students, teachers and parents. She actively promotes the programme through discussions with school leaders and politicians and through radio and press interviews.

Exceptional Group in the Field of Recovery – Swanswell Peer Support Group
Swanswell Peer Support Group offer volunteering opportunities for people in recovery to attempt to improve the rates of positive outcomes for those with challenging addictions. The group has added value to Swanswell’s existing resources and have added a modern and exciting opportunity to the area of Recovery. One main activity which the group has instigated is to ‘Adopt a Tree’ in the local park, allowing the group to have an open space to meet and interact with others who are sharing their experience of recovery.

Exceptional Activity in the Field of Recovery – Foundations Drug and Alcohol Service
The Foundations allotment was offered to the founding members as part of their recovery, in a bid to help them avoid drug and alcohol use. They attend the allotment 7 days a week, to ensure that the chickens are fed and that the plot is secure and maintained. The eggs that the chickens produce are collected and later sold in the Foundations Service offices. The allotment has given all those who use it, especially the main volunteers Chris Dadge and Pete Willis and peer mentor Dave Taylor, purpose and responsibility while helping to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Exceptional Media in Challenging the Stigma of Recovery – ‘The Outrun’ by Amy Liptrot
Amy grew up on a sheep farm in Orkney, Scotland and The Outrun tells of her return to her hometown to aid in her recovery from addiction. The memoir reads as a way of her trying to understand her descent into addiction, made poignant through the connection of her journey through addiction and recovery to her family’s remote farmland. Amy’s book was published in January 2016, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, won the Wainwright Book Prize and is a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.


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