Tal­ent comp cel­e­brates ex-ad­dicts

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD MP David Rut­ley played the role of Si­mon Cow­ell when he was a judge for a tal­ent show for re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts.

The Re­cov­ery Has Tal­ent show at St Michael’s Church in Mac­cles­field fea­tured 20 acts in­clud­ing singers and dancers who at­tend Reach Out And Re­cover (ROAR).

The Church­side-based group of­fers meet­ings, sup­port and work ex­pe­ri­ence to peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tions to drugs, al­co­hol, pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion and le­gal highs.

The win­ners were a Spice Girls trib­ute act which fea­tured for­mer heroin ad­dict Tina Cross.

Speak­ing af­ter the show, Mr Rut­ley said: “I was very pleased to be a judge at ROAR’s tal­ent show, which was a great suc­cess and was en­joyed by all.

“I was re­ally im­pressed by the qual­ity of tal­ent on dis­play.

“Events such as these are in­valu­able in strength­en­ing the self-es­teem and con­fi­dence of those tack­ling al­co­hol and drug de­pen­dency.

“I would like to thank all who helped to put this tal­ent show to­gether and it was a great suc­cess.”

The event was or­gan­ised by the com­mu­nity re­cov­ery hous­ing pro­ject which was set up last year to help re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts in Mac­cles­field.

Mr Rut­ley has been a big sup­porter of the pro­ject, a Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany, since it launched in May 2014.

He said: “Peo­ple who have turned to ROAR for help have also be­gun volunteering with lo­cal churches, Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship and Emerg­ing Hori­zons, while some have se­cured work ex­pe­ri­ence with Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust.

“It has also suc­ceeded get­ting peo­ple back to­gether with their fam­i­lies; giv­ing chil­dren their par­ents back and par­ents their chil­dren back.”

Re­cov­ery worker Vicky Mill­ward said the aim of the show was to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

She said: “There is a lot of stigma at­tached to for­mer ad­dicts.

“We hope with Re­cov­ery Has Tal­ent to let peo­ple see the per­son in­stead of the ad­dict.”

●● The Re­cov­ery Has Tal­ent Show was chance for peo­ple to show their tal­ents

●● David Rut­ley MP with Vicky Mill­ward from ROAR

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