Kerrie Hudson, Peer Supporters at RISE, Laura Willoughby at Club Soda, Sarah Hepola and Max Daly
Exceptional Individual in the Field of Recovery
Kerrie Hudson has been instrumental in setting up The Well, a not-for-profit organisation based in Lancashire, which provides housing and recovery programmes for service-users. Kerrie has used her own personal experiences as someone in recovery to identify gaps in local services and has worked with other agencies to ensure that the needs of people in recovery are met. Just one example of this was the establishment of a local women’s group in Morecambe.
Exceptional Group in the Field of Recovery
The peer supporters at RISE in Devon, made up of a group of service users in recovery, have been driving the recovery agenda in Devon and challenging the stigma around recovery. The group has worked tirelessly to raise funds to set up 11 Recovery Cafés which offer a supportive environment for people on their journey in recovery.
Exceptional Activity in the Field of Recovery
Laura Willoughby was awarded for setting up ‘Club Soda’, an online platform supporting individuals who want to change their drinking habits. Club Soda allows people to set goals, track their progress and get together to share their experiences. It has over 3,000 members and 15 volunteers who organise local social events.
Exceptional Media in Challenging the Stigma of Recovery (Joint Winners)
Journalist Sarah Hepola was awarded for her memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, which tells the story of alcohol misuse, and the journey to sobriety, in an engaging and enlightening way.
Max Daly was awarded for his ongoing column in Vice UK called Narcomania, where he uncovers the truth about drug issues in the UK. Through his column, Max tells the stories of real people implicated in drug misuse, calls for stronger policies in this area and helps reduce the stigma associated with talking about drugs.