“The Players have been knocked down by life, the game will bring the world to its feet.”
In the summer of 2006, while the football world’s attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the globe were training hard and competing to be part of another World Cup … The Homeless World Cup. It had been a wild idea by a Scot and an Austrian — to give homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition.
Win or lose, for these players it would be the journey of a lifetime.
Phil Spalding’s Recovery Story – Live Performance
Phil has helped to make some truly iconic and internationally successful recordings as, primarily a bass player, but also as a guitarist and vocalist. He has played with some of the world’s greatest artists including: Elton John, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, Mike Oldfield & Ray Charles to name a few.
He went to rehab for chronic addiction issues with class A and B drugs in 2005, having been a drug user since the mid 1970’s, and was also diagnosed with Hepatitis C during his 27 week stay in rehab. After being treated for addiction and staying clean of drugs, since that time he has been cured of Hepatitis C after treatment in 2007-2008. In 2011 Phil helped to start, and has since helped to run, a project and group which aims to help others who are trying to cope with similar challenges, such as Hep C, addiction, social deprivation and other related issues. By the end of the night, he had us dancing in the aisles!
New Years Eve 2015
Christmas & the whole holiday period is a real risk for people in recovery. Some people love the christmas environment and getting involved and for others its a really difficult time that they simply try and survive. We had a huge crowd join us in our small oasis who were pleased to have somewhere safe to celebrate with like minded people.
Towards Recovery Conference
Our third national conference was an inspirational event including power house speakers and guest musician Phil Spalding who got us dancing in the aisles and made sure we all left on a natural high. Watch conference highlights.
Dear Albert film screening
Dear Albert is a feature documentary about recovery from addiction. Following the life and work of recovery consultant Jon Roberts over a period of 3 years. Jon is a recovering addict himself with the message – “get well or die trying”.
Christmas Day 2014
This year, Christmas Day happened to be the last Thursday in the month, so as usual, we opened the doors and had a great time with new friends and old.
A great way to close 2014! _____________________________________________________________________________
Towards Recovery Conference
We had a sold out event, with a diverse range of delegates representing a variety of UK based and International recovery and addiction services. Many of our delegates are also in recovery and we were delighted that they chose to share their inspiring recovery stories throughout the programme. We were delighted to be joined by special guest – John Taylor from Duran Duran, who shared his story of addiction, and his live now in recovery. Read conference highlights.
“Mum can you lend me twenty quid” play
In partnership with Nomad Henley, we hosted the powerful play ‘Mum can you lend me twenty quid’ written by DrugFam founder Elizabeth Burton-Phillips. The story charts the tragic journey of Elizabeth and her two twin boys, Nick and Simon, who as young men became addicted to Heroin resulting in Nick’s death and Simon turning his life around in the name of his twin. The fantastic dedicated cast moved audiences with their powerful performances. Performed by: The Citadel Arts Centre | Adapted by: Mike Howl Since it’s pilot performances in 2012, it has been commissioned 60 times on schools, prisons and communities across the UK. The play promotes a powerful message of recovery and shows how brutal the disease of addiction can easily become a family illness across all members of society. ‘Mum can you lend me £20’ is also available to buy from Amazon. __________________________________________________________________
The Anonymous People film – free screening
This independent feature documentary is about the 23 million Americans living in long term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions.