‘Health and re­cov­ery’ week held

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Liam Cole­man liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FAL­CON Sup­port Ser­vices in Lough­bor­ough hosted a week of ac­tiv­i­ties to help in­form the com­mu­nity about “health and re­cov­ery” and as a re­sult helped a for­mer ad­dict se­cure a place in re­hab and a bed for a rough sleeper.

Events in­clud­ing a smoothie bike, free hair­cuts, live mu­sic and a visit from lo­cal MP Nicky Morgan ran from Mon­day, Au­gust 21, un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 25.

In con­nec­tion with Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice the hous­ing and home­less shel­ter in Pin­fold Gate ran events to en­gage the lo­cal com­mu­nity where in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and help could be ac­cessed by any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about dif­fer­ent health and re­cov­ery op­tions avail­able.

MP Nicky Morgan at­tended the event on the first day and two of Fal­con Sup­port Ser­vices trus­tees vol­un­teered their time and ex­per­tise to those at the cen­tre.

Health checks were car­ried out by Jane Grey, a com­mu­nity nurse, and a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion on sub­stance mis­use and men­tal health was held by Dr Peter Can­non.

Res­i­dents of the cen­tre and mem­bers of the pub­lic were treat to a free bar­be­cue on two days, with food pro­vided by the Rapid Re­lief Team, and to lift spir­its Adam Nor­rie played live mu­sic ev­ery day and Stu­art Hardy Tay­lor shared his re­cov­ery po­etry.

The Car­pen­ters Arms re­cov­ery cen­tre based in Wharn­cliffe Road pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about its re­cov­ery projects, re­cov­ery work­ers Jerome Carmichael and Stu­art Hardy Tay­lor were avail­able to pro­vide sup­port and in­for­ma­tion and vol­un­teers Lauren and Jason held spe­cial art ses­sions.

Nar­cotics Anony­mous and Al­co­holics Anony­mous at­tended where sev­eral peo- ple shared their up­lift­ing re­cov­ery sto­ries to try and in­spire oth­ers.

A num­ber of other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a smoothie bike cour­tesy of Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, Brahma Ku­maris pro­vided re­lax­ation and med­i­ta­tion ses­sions, Yasmin Buchanan pro­vided free hair cuts, lo­cal rap­per Lacky C held a work­shop and shared his mu­sic and PC Gary Bai­ley held box­ing ses­sions.

Muto, an in­no­va­tive project for the Fal­con Sup­port Ser­vices that works with do­nated cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories ran cre­ative work­shops and Min­nie’s Kitchen that was named af­ter the daugh­ter of Carol Phillips who died from al­co­hol ad­dic­tion also pro­vided ba­con cobs for those at the cen­tre.

Julie Alexan­der, com­mu­nity in­clu­sion man­ager at Fal­con Sup­port Ser­vices said: “It was an up­lift­ing and emo­tion­ally charged week, and was a mas­sive suc­cess and was well at­tended.

“So far four peo­ple have started at­tend­ing re­cov­ery meet­ings, one per­son ac­cessed a detox pre­scrip­tion af­ter Dr Can­non’s talk and then suc­cess­fully se­cured a place in re­hab, while one rough sleeper who had been home­less for sev­eral months worked with staff and now has se­cured a room at the Fal­con Cen­tre.”

The pub­lic and res­i­dents at the Fal­con Cen­tre in Lough­bor­ough took part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as free henna tat­toos, free hair­cuts and fun box­ing ses­sions.

Pic­tured is Lough­bor­ough MP Nicky Morgan (left) at Fal­con Sup­port Ser­vices ‘Health and Re­cov­ery’ week.

Pic­tured is com­mu­nity in­clu­sion man­ager at Fal­con Sup­port Ser­vices, Julie Alexan­der (right).

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