West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has supported Calderdale in Recovery (CiR) with a grant from his Safer Communities Fund.

The project received a grant of £4,980 which went towards providing support activities such as cricket, drama, art, creative writing and fishing, for those recovering from addiction.

CiR is a not for profit organisation based in Halifax but operating throughout Calderdale open to anyone who is interested in any aspect of recovery from a drink or drug problem. They have developed support networks to help individuals maintain their recovery as well as arranging community based opportunities such as volunteering, enterprise, participation and networking which also helps reduce the stigma attached to those affected by addiction.

The Safer Communities Fund returns money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act back to worthwhile causes across West Yorkshire. So far the fund has given out over £1.69m to over 380 projects.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson visited the project this week (12/07) and said:

“The services that CiR provide are extremely valuable in helping people recover from addiction in a supportive environment and I was pleased to be able to provide some support to a structured programme of activities.

On meeting some of the team behind the project it was very clear how passionate they are about helping people and making a real life changing difference to individuals and in their community. This is exactly the sort of project the Safer Communities Fund was set up to help.”

Tom Cairns, Team Leader at Calderdale in Recovery said: “The aim of this project is to help people develop new skills through a series of different activities which complement each other. These activities all encompass the five ways to well being as well as providing new skills. When people give up substances it is imperative that they can develop in order to maintain their recovery and become productive members of their communities. They can then use these skills and new confidence to engage in wider community activities and ultimately find employment.

“As many substance abusers are prolific criminals, hospital attendees etc the benefits to the local community from helping people to develop are numerous. They can also pass these skills to others in recovery as well as help prevent others from becoming involved with substance misuse.”

Thanks to Stuart, Tom and Jo for being hosts and for sharing the possitive message of Recovery.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the single point of access phone line at Calderdale Recovery Steps.


Celebrating and Exploring Peer to Peer Support

Celebrating and Exploring Peer to Peer Support

An event on Wednesday 6th July 2016 aims to bring people with lived experience who give of their own time in supporting others to initiate and sustain recovery from alcohol and/or substance dependency and misuse. With a particular focus on volunteering with Peer Based Recovery Organisations, the event will provide an opportunity to share experience and learning from across the country.

Stuart Honor speaks about ‘Credibility – making the case for peer to peer work‘ and references the following articles which you may find of use:

Recovery-oriented policy and care systems in the UK and USA

The concept of recovery has been an influence on addicted individuals for many decades. But only in the past 15 years has the concept had a purchase in the world of public policy. In the USA, federal and state officials have promulgated policies intended to foster ‘recovery-oriented systems of care’ and have ratified recovery-supportive laws and regulations. Though of more recent vintage and therefore less developed, recovery policy initiatives are also being implemented in the UK. The present paper describes recovery-oriented policy in both countries and highlights key evaluations of the recovery-oriented interventions.

Humphreys and Lembke 2014 recov orientated policy UK and US

Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual-Help Organizations

Peer-led mutual-help organizations addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and related problems have had a long history in the United States. The modern epoch of addiction mutual help began in the postprohibition era of the 1930s with the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Growing from 2 members to 2 million members, AA’s reach and influence has drawn much public health attention as well as increasingly rigorous scientific investigation into its benefits and mechanisms. In turn, AA’s growth and success have spurred the development of myriad additional mutual-help organizations. These alternatives may confer similar benefits to those found in studies of AA but have received only peripheral attention. Due to the prodigious economic, social, and medical burden attributable to substance-related problems and the diverse experiences and preferences of those attempting to recover from SUD, there is potentially immense value in societies maintaining and supporting the growth of a diverse array of mutual-help options. This article presents a concise overview of the origins, size, and state of the science on several of the largest of these alternative additional mutual-help organizations in an attempt to raise further awareness and help broaden the base of addiction mutual help.

 Kelly and White 2012 broadening the base of MHelp Orgs

Addiction Recovery in Services and Policy: An International Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the sweeping changes occurring in the addiction field in the United States and abroad, with special emphasis on the growing focus on recovery as the goal of services and the guiding vision of drug policy. “Recovery” goes well beyond substance use patterns to encompass improved functioning in life areas impaired by active substance use, as well as improved overall quality of life. Because research shows that substance use disorders are often chronic, recovery is conceptualized as a process that unfolds over time and requires a continuing care approach. We describe emerging service models including Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and peer-driven recovery supports and review the implications of this new orientation for service providers and evaluation research. We conclude with some recommendations on strategies that medical professionals can use to promote recovery among substance using patients.

 International Textbook of Addiction Treatment

Research For Recovery: A Review of the Drugs Evidence Base

The publication of The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland’s Drug Problem by the Scottish Government in 2008 signalled a fundamental shift in the way we think of problem drug use and in the approach to the types of interventions that are appropriate to address it. In particular, the switch to a recovery model represented the recognition that the resolution of addiction problems involves not only the drug user, but also their families and communities. It also recognises that recovery is a complex process likely to endure over a number of years after the point of stabilisation or abstinence, and that it is likely to involve fundamental changes in an individual’s social functioning and personal wellbeing, as well as in their place in their community and wider society. The aim of this review was to assess the current state of the evidence base that will help underpin the delivery of the Scottish Government’s drugs strategy – The Road to Recovery. The review examined both the published research base and also the policy context in which the strategy sits, – this provides the link between the evidence base on addictions and the wider context of social inclusion, public health and economic development.

 scottish government – evidence review

Replacing Planters at Todmorden Community College

replacing_planters_todmorden_calderdale_8On a very cold and precipitous November Monday Morning nine hardy souls descended on Todmorden Community College. Maybe Axl Rose was thinking of this place once. A team of volunteers which comprised of Cohen the Barbarian, Colin T, Scott C and Lee W had gathered to help a small crew from Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) to dismantle and replace the planters outside TCC.

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Calderdale in Recovery Xmas Party

On the 19th December 2015 the members of Calderdale in Recovery enjoyed a fabulous day of fun and games for all ages to enjoy when their Xmas party was held at The Basement Recovery Project. Many families and friends also came together to celebrate this festive time with many guests and staff wearing fancy dress. I have never seen so many Elves and lady Santas. I am not sure who the ‘real’ Santa was but he had a similar stature to our own Mr Stan. Many volunteers were on hand to welcome people and the place was decked out in seasonal brightness.

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TodWell Centre Grand Re-Opening

We are having a re-launch of The TodWell Centre (formerly The Acorn/Wildwood) on 2nd February. It would be great to see you there so we can show you our facilities and share our plans. Please find attached invitation and hopefully we will see you on the 2nd. Please feel free to share this with anyone who is involved in community projects in and around Todmorden.

TodWell Centre Invitation

TodWell Centre – Todmorden Opening Invitation

For more information, contact Andy Bryant.

Download a printable A5 PDF copy: TodWell Centre 2016 – invitation

Pushing PRaMS

Date: September 2015


Pushing PRaMS

A new group has been started in Calderdale to help mums needing extra support through their pregnancies.

PRaMS, which stands for Positive Recovery and Midwife Support, offers help for women who may have suffered domestic abuse and/or have drugs and alcohol issues.

Kim Walsh, a Specialist Midwife from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and Donna Kershaw a Recovery Navigator for Calderdale Recovery Steps will be hosting the sessions. They will be offering support by welcoming women to a safe, friendly and confidential environment.

Kim, said:

“This is a great opportunity to support women, babies and families for a brighter future.”

Open to all, the event will be held from 10am to 12pm, beginning Thursday, September 10th. They will be held fortnightly at The Women’s centre on Silver Street in Halifax.

Women who are pregnant and needing this specialist support are invited to drop-in and referrals are also being taken from GPs, maternity services, mental health services, probation services.

Foundation trusts are public leaders in improving quality in health services. They are part of the NHS – yet decisions about what they do and how they do it are driven by independent boards. Boards listen to the Membership Council and respond to the needs of their members – patients, staff and the local community.

Foundation trusts provide what the health service wants, yet are also free to invest quickly in the changes the local community needs, in striving to be the best, and in putting their patients first.

For more information contact the Trust’s press office on 01484 355252 or 01484 355256.

Calderdale in Recovery

New Website for Drug and Alcohol Recovery in Calderdale


Press Release

23rd July 2015

New Website for Drug and Alcohol Recovery in Calderdale

Calderdale in Recovery launches a new website today that aims to offer more information and support advice for people wishing to access drug and alcohol treatment services in Calderdale.

Calderdale in Recovery (CiR), a community organisation working in Halifax and Todmorden, provides recovery orientated social support and inspiration to people who use drugs and alcohol. Their aim is to promote that recovery from addiction is possible; to reduce the stigma attached to those affected and to develop support networks and community based opportunities to help people stay well.

Their existing website was four years old, and while it had been a popular and valued resource for individuals and organisations alike, CiR members felt that it was time for the website to be overhauled. The new site has a modern clean look and makes it easy for visitors to find their way around and get to the information they need. Unlike the original, the new website is responsive to the device it is viewed on making it easier to use on smartphones, tablets and PCs too.

The redevelopment of the website also gave CiR the opportunity to review and update the site content, in particular with the recent changes to adult drug and alcohol services within Calderdale – Calderdale Recovery Steps.

Andy Bryant, Recovery Builder and Chair of Calderdale in Recovery is delighted;

“We are really pleased with the new website. It provides us with a platform to continue our aim of promoting recovery from addiction and to help reduce the stigma associated with it. We hope to provide more information, news, events and stories as we continue to develop the site. If there are any organisations who wish to be features on our site, we would love to hear from them.”

The website address is: www.calderdaleinrecovery.com

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For more information on the project, please contact Andy Bryant at Calderdale in Recovery, tel 01422 383063 or by completing the contact form on the website.

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Calderdale in Recovery Creates a Buzz

Calderdale in Recovery creates a buzz

A local project is buzzing with excitement after securing a grant to develop a bee keeping project in Southowram.

Calderdale in Recovery, based in Halifax and Todmorden, provides recovery orientated life changing support and inspiration to people who use the new drug and alcohol treatment system. This new bee keeping project aims to inspire even more people to join the recovery community and demonstrate how life can be enjoyed without using drink or drugs. The new treatment system Recovery Steps, made up of a partnership between DISC, St. Martins Healthcare and The Basement Recovery Project, is already delivering successful outcomes to hundreds of people across the area since commencing operations in February.

The recovery community, was initially consulted on what kind of project they would like to become involved with, and one of the suggestions that caused a stir was the development of a bee keeping programme.

Following an application to Community Foundation for Calderdale, a sum of £1,571 has been received from the Kathleen Mary Denham Fund that has allowed the purchase of hives, safety equipment and the first colony of bees; in fact, everything that is required to develop a thriving bee keeping community.

The Calderdale recovery community members are swarming over the project and have taken delivery of their first bee hives, alongside a nucleus of 4000 hybrid New Zealand honey bees. The aim of the bee keeping project is to allow people in recovery to develop their husbandry skills and to ultimately produce “Recovery Honey” that will be sold to support local community led initiatives.

Andy Bryant, Recovery Builder and Chair of Calderdale in Recovery is delighted;

“This project is innovative and exciting, and allows service users the chance to develop unique skills and to be part of a project where they can witness progress and actually enjoy the fruits of their and the bees labour. We’re proud of how the new treatment system is doing and how Calderdale in Recovery is helping. This helps highlight the willingness of service users and workers to develop new ways of supporting people with addiction.”


For more information on the project, and to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Andy Bryant at Calderdale in Recovery, tel 01422 383063

Calderdale in Recovery

Welcome to our New Website

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new look website – we have restructured various sections to make the site easier to navigate and view.  We have a new What’s on calendar and will be updating that over the coming weeks with all the great meetings and events taking place throughout the Calderdale region and beyond.  We are particularly keen to populate and keep up to date the Mutual Aid meetings.  If you attend any regular meetings that aid your recovery and you think they would be beneficial to others in Calderdale, let us know so we can add them to the site.

Keeping this website up to date so that people will benefit is down to you.  This is a community organisation run by volunteers.  We do not know about all the meetings, all the useful services, contact numbers, addresses etc.  Please help us keep it up to date by Contacting Us if you think something needs adding, deleting or changing.

Anyone can join Calderdale in Recovery – see our About Us for more information about membership.  Our meeting dates will be published on the site and/or our Facebook Page.  It would be great to see as many people as possible who are as passionate as we are about delivering the aims of the organisation.  We hope you find the new CiR Website useful.

RecoveryTimes Issue 8

RecoveryTimes Issue 8 has just been launched. If you would like hard copies for your reception areas or for clients, or if you would like your own personal copy, please call in to The Basement Recovery Project, 10 Carlton Street. Or download and print your own copy with the link below…