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Heads of recovery gather for Recovery College 5 conference

The Changing Face of Substance Use is the focus of the fifth annual Recovery College conference on Friday 4 October at The Courtyard in Goole, which brings together leading experts in the field of recovery from drugs and alcohol.

The Recovery College is a regional initiative between The Alcohol & Drug Service (ADS), Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Spectrum CIC and the University of Derby. Also, this year the event is sponsored by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The conference aims to share best practice, current thinking and the opportunity for those working in the field to network, share experiences and offer support.

Tim Young, CEO of The Alcohol and Drug Service.

Tim Young, CEO of The Alcohol and Drug Service says: “The theme of Recovery College 5 is ‘The Changing Face of Substance Use’ and will cover a range of areas including: the Criminal Justice system with a focus on prisons, image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), NPS and festival drug testing, as well as prescription medicines.

“With the rapidly changing face of substance use Recovery College 5 provides an excellent opportunity for practitioners and professionals working in recovery to gather together with peers from across the sector.

“We have a fantastic line-up to focus on some of the substances and patterns of use which have changed over the recent years and to explore some of the innovative methods being developed in response to help the recovery journey of those involved.

“The Key note speaker, Dr Ed Day was appointed as the Government’s Drug Recovery Champion. He is a leading clinician and academic with extensive experience in the treatment and recovery of drug dependence and addiction. He will explore the Changing Face Of Substance Misuse and give his thoughts on what the future of drug treatment may hold.

“Subject speakers include; Joe Kean who is a leading researcher in the field of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDS). Michael Wheatley, Senior Recovery Adviser for HMPPS will discuss developments in tackling substance misuse with the prison and criminal justice system. Andy Maddison, Alcohol, Drugs and Homelessness Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager for Public Health England (Yorkshire and Humber) will discuss Novel Psychoactive Substances and developments in drug testing at festivals and Dr Soraya Mayet, Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Addiction for the East Riding Partnership Drug and Alcohol Service will cover the current issues relating to Over Prescribing of Dependence Forming Medicines and what can be done to address this.”

People working within the field of recovery are invited along to attend this FREE event:

Date: Friday 4th October 2019 at 12:00 – 16:30

Venue: The Courtyard, Boothferry Road, Goole, DN14 6AE

Book: Just click the link herehttp://bit.ly/RecoveryCollege5.

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The National Archives of the Republic of the Homeless – Artlink exhibition

June 29th @ 10:00 am – August 29th @ 4:00 am, Artlink Hull

Artist Vanessa Cardui has spent six months working with members of Hull’s homeless community and Artlink on a project that has become the exhibition, The National Archives of the Republic of the Homeless. This project will go on show at Artlink Hull from June to August 2019.

June 29th @ 10:00 amAugust 29th @ 4:00 am, Artlink, Princes Avenue, Hull

Vanessa writes:

“The Republic of the Homeless is a little-known state that coexists in parallel with every country in the world. Many of us have lived there; we keep dual citizenship for life. This Republic has a National Archives – a collection of stuff kept for posterity that is somehow about the experience of being without a home. It’s a dispersed Archives, held worldwide by individual people who have lived the experience of being homeless. The trouble with our National Archives is like most other archives everywhere – it’s disorganised, uncatalogued, and underfunded. Although some people are working hard to bring it together, nobody really knows what there is. We have begun to catalogue a particular collection within the Archives – artworks made by homeless and ex-homeless artists and makers in Hull in the 21st century. In this, we confront questions of value, authenticity, belonging, and loss, and explore how anyone’s history can get lost and buried when we fall out of normativity in some way, but even so, we preserve it, under the radar.”

Funded by The Hudgell Trust and Arts Council England
In partnership with the Museum of Homelessness, Westbourne House and the Hull Homeless Community Project

With thanks also to Project Hotdog, and to the homeless and ex-homeless people of Hull.

Website: Artlink Hull

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Are you alright mate?

On 13th November, 2018.


Are you alright mate? is a half-day workshop looking at men’s emotional health and is aimed at anyone with an interest in the topic of men’s mental health – members of the public & health professionals. The session will explore ways in which we can encourage more open talk about men’s mental health, and get the message out there that it’s ok for men to not be ok.

The event will offer an opportunity to hear a range of local thought provoking speakers and a visiting keynote speaker with a particularly powerful message.

Keynote speaker – Geoff McDonald

With 25 years experience working for global company Unilever, Geoff tells a fascinating and powerful story about an episode in his own life which has caused him to become a very active campaigner breaking the stigma associated with Mental Health.

Geoff has participated in a number of BBC programmes and campaigns regarding this subject, as well as writing and producing articles. He previously convened a meeting at No 10 Downing Street with David Cameron and CEOs from Footsie 100 Companies to address their role and agree actions to break stigma in the corporate world. He too provided some support to the Royal Foundation in their mental health campaign.

There will also be chance to visit a range of stalls from services and community groups connected to men’s emotional wellbeing.

Book your place via eventbrite, here:


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Halloween Soup, Hull Veg City

On Wednesday 31st October – Hull city centre.

An invitation from Hull Veg City, a campaign promoted by Hull Food Partnership.

Join us to celebrate the launch of ‘Hull Veg City’, a 12-month campaign to inspire people grow, cook & eat more veg. We’ll be serving up tasty vegetable soup on King Edward St. Hull, 11:30 – 1:30pm on Wednesday 31st October, and giving out info about our exciting campaign!

The Hull Food Partnership is open to everyone working across all sectors of our food systems and culture. Through working together, we support and drive activity to realise our vision of Hull as a Sustainable Food City. It is hosted by Rooted in Hull.

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World Homelessness Day 2018

World Homelessness Day is on 10 October 2108.

For the second year running Emmaus Hull and East Riding will be hosting an event at its Lockwood Street (Hull) premises.

This year’s event is looking to build on last year’s successful day with a range of speakers, stalls and opportunities for agencies to engage with each other.

Confirmed speakers for the afternoon part of the day are:

  • Crisis
  • Paul Abbott (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)  (Modern Day Slavery)
  • Kath Goodman(Department for Work and Pensions)
  • Big Issue North
  • Ben Hanson/Dave Richmond(Hull City Council)
  • Julia Jennison (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)
  • Tony Margetts (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) (substance misuse)
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