Towards Recovery was founded in 2012 with the aim of making Recovery more visible in Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding areas. We did this to show that Recovery from addiction is possible, that people in Recovery are responsible citizens and community assets that positively contribute to the wellbeing of those around them.
We opened the monthly Recovery Café in Henley on Thames, as a safe space for people in recovery from addiction to meet, and where families could go for help and peer support. We also held a variety of events through the 4 years of our operation including 3 Recovery Conferences, several film nights and a play, attracting people from all over the UK – see our events archive.
The evidence is fairly well developed showing that Recovery is sustained by having a job, a home and positive social network. Over the last 4-years we have focussed mainly on the positive social network element, through the café and the events we have run, however, we now want to expand what we do to focus on the jobs and homes aspect as well.
This is an exciting development for us and allows us to bring our own brand of innovation and creativity to helping people in Recovery get access to work and to housing. Doing this means moving beyond the Henley based recovery café to developing an extended programme of events and services that can be delivered anywhere.
Building on the last 4 years, and our many years of personal recovery experience, we will continue to help people initiate and sustain Recovery by, creating chances to connect, helping people find work and get access to housing – ultimately setting people on a path to normal living.
In 2014 we gained support from John Taylor, Duran Duran who inspired our conference guests with his story.
Since opening in November 2012, we have:
- Seen more than 200 separate individuals come through our Recovery cafe doors and many of those more than once
- Hosted three Recovery conferences with delegates inspired by the range of international, national and local speakers giving presentations on Recovery. These conferences have raised awareness of different charitable initiatives and organisations dedicated to raising awareness through recovery projects.
- Hosted the film showing, The Anonymous People, a film about the 23 million people in Recovery in the USA
- Hosted the play ‘Mum can you lend me twenty quid’ about a family affected by drug addiction
- We have also developed a broad volunteer base and hope to develop further initiatives that help people initiate and sustain Recovery
Towards Recovery has not sought or received public money and is totally funded through Green Apple Consulting Ltd, local giving (of time and money) by individuals and companies.
While benefiting the local area the Recovery cafe has also made links across the wider area and has seen visitors from across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Maidenhead, Slough, Reading and in London.
Founded by Huseyin Djemil, Director of Green Apple Consulting Ltd – a specialist substance misuse consultancy. Huseyin blogs as ‘The Good Consultant’