Birmingham Recovery Walk

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Turning Point's Birmingham services were out in force for the fifth National Recovery Walk which took place on 22 September in Birmingham, with Turning Point as an official walk sponsor.

Turning Point colleagues and service users joined around 3,000 people on the two mile walk which began in Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre and ended at Calthorpe Park on the outskirts of the city, with Turning Point's Zephyr Recovery Kitchen hosting breakfast beforehand.

The Turning Point marquee, which was decorated with bunting and garlands made by Birmingham Drugline service users and Peer Mentors at a craft session, showcased the four Turning Point Birmingham services; Birmingham Drugline, Zephyr, EESPro and the Community Navigator Service.

During the day Zephyr art group exhibited paintings, drawings, Lino cuttings, sculptures, photographs and models in the art space, with one service user receiving funding to create an interactive 'recovery game' which dozens of people played throughout the day.

Following the event, Turning Point Operations Manager, Sophie Painter, said;

"This has been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the inspirational journeys from across the country. We are really proud of the work done by the Birmingham services and the people who use them. Seeing art pieces created by people in recovery at Zephyr over the last few months has been fantastic.

Art can serve as a visual representation of the recovery journey and for some this has been a way of realising how much progress they have made."

Sarah Preece, a Counsellor at Turning Point's Birmingham Drugline added;

"This was a fantastic reminder of why we work in the field. Colleagues who often only work with individuals at early stages of their treatment do not always get to see the final outcome of treatment. Seeing so many people in recovery, looking well and having a great day with their children and families was really inspiring."