A new community centre which will create a focal point for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in Leeds, is to open next week.
The peer-led Recovery Academy, which is in a converted chapel on Hollis Place, off Burley Road, will offer activities, including gardening, art, music and on-going help to individuals in recovery and future opportunities. It will also provide help and support for families, friends and carers who have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse.
The chapel was bought by Northern communities’ charity Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC), the lead delivery partner of Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service
Lisa Parker, Executive Director for Forward Leeds, said: “We believe the opening of the Recovery Academy is a significant milestone for Leeds.
“We have a great open day organised for all local people to come and get a taste of what will be happening on a day to day basis.”
Ms Parker said local service users had identified that one of the barriers to achieving and sustaining recovery was finding the right place to receive continuing support after treatment.
The new Academy offers a range of courses and activities from 9am-7pm Monday to Friday and will be an additional hub for the recovery community in Leeds, co-produced with service users from across the city. The Academy now offers activities that service users have identified as being the most helpful in making their recovery sustainable.
On Monday, June 20th, the doors will open at midday for a buffet lunch. Workshops and taster sessions will run from 1pm-2:30pm.
Speeches will be made from 2:30pm -3:30pm by Lisa Parker, Executive Director of Forward Leeds and Diane Powell from Leeds City Council, Public Health and from three service users at differing stages of recovery.
Local organisations such as Hollybush TCV, Leeds Libraries, Swarthmore College and St Anne’s, to name a few, will have stalls at the event to give out information and advice to event attendees.
Workshops will be repeated from 3:30pm – 5pm to give everyone an opportunity to attend all of the seven 30 minute workshops. The day will be rounded off with a performance from a local band on equipment donated by local organisations.
12.00 -14:30 – Workshops Round 1
14:30- 15:30 – talks from Lisa Parker, Diane Powell, David Horton, Claire Doble and David Stanton
15:30-17:00 – Workshops Round 2
17:00- 18:00 – Music from service user band