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.


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

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:

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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