Talent comp celebrates ex-addicts
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