Family fun at recovery festival
The recent Recovery Week organised by the South Ayrshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership culminated in a family fun day at Belleisle Park. Over 500 people turned up to show support for people in recovery and enjoy a barbecue and events including live music, family entertainment and a memorial tree planting.
The event raised awareness of support available to people in recovery such as weekly meetings and structured support for their families. It also highlighted the range of activities from football to walking which can help in the recovery process.
Members of the public enjoyed the festival atmosphere.
"I took my partner and kids along and there were loads of activities for us all to enjoy. Being a person in recovery has not just affected my life but has affected my family's life for the better!"
"It was amazing to see my dad helping out and see how well he is doing in his recovery. I had a go at the kangaroo boxing suits with my friend…and even had a dance to the bands that were playing."
"It was an emotional day for me as I just lost friend to addiction but at the same time I have hope that people do recover and become productive members of society."
Councillor Rita Miller, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care said: "Recovery week has been a big success and has helped highlight the range of support options available not only to those in recovery but to their families as well. People in recovery can often become isolated so events and social activities are really important."
As part of Recovery Week, 12 individuals in recovery were officially recognised for obtaining qualifications from Ayr College in Social Care and Business Administration. Provost of South Ayrshire, Helen Moonie presented the students with certificates at a special ceremony at Cafe Hope, the weekly recovery cafe held at the Salvation Army Community Centre, John Street, Ayr.
Provost Moonie said: "I was delighted to present these certificates in recognition that anybody in recovery can achieve their goals with hard work, dedication and a bit of support. I would like to wish all the students the very best for the future."
There are an increasing number of people in South Ayrshire who are part of a community which supports and encourages each other to stop using drugs or alcohol. Last week Tarbolton and Girvan launched recovery communities which means there are regular meetings and events giving people the chance to meet locally and support each other.
To find out the support available in South Ayrshire visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/adp or www.facebook.com/RecoveryAyr