Change Grow Live – health and social care charity

Celebrating recovery in Scotland

Celebrating recovery in Scotland

20 September 2018

Recovery Walk Scotland is the largest recovery event in Scotland and has been held every year since 2013.

We were delighted to join the Scottish recovery community for the walk after being commissioned for our first services in Scotland last year. There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to be part of the first recovery walk that saw the recovery from addiction movement and the mental health recovery movement come together.

The event was comprised of three parts: A ‘roses in the river memorial’ event at Glasgow Green, followed by the recovery walk procession through the city centre ending at a recovery festival and village on the green.

Change Grow Live was delighted to host a stall at the festival, which included a range of activities including picture bingo, arts and crafts, hair braiding and plants to give out to fit this year’s theme ‘together we flourish’.

We had a great presence from our chair and members of the executive team, staff and service users from Newcastle and Gateshead services alongside service users, peer volunteers and staff from our Edinburgh services. Our Medical Director, Prun Bijral, Executive Director, Bernie Casey, and Regional Connecting Communities Lead, Helen Hunter-Thompson even helped out as stewards at the event!

Bev Hubber, CGL Edinburgh’s Services Manager, told us:

“It was a wonderful and inspirational day with people coming from across Scotland and beyond to pay tribute to those we have lost, and to celebrate and support all those who are continuing in their own recovery journey. I was humbled and proud to be a part of the day.”

Change Grow Live Executive Director, Bernie Casey, said:

“The sense of collective warmth and compassion that was shared between all who gathered together, and the inspirational speakers who were kind enough to share their stories made it an incredibly special day for me. All those who gave up their time to plan, coordinate and run of the day should be commended.  It was truly amazing.” 

Chair of the Board, Mike Pringle, added:

“It was truly inspiring - not just for the crowds on the walk, but also for the reaction of the people in the centre of Glasgow - memorial to those who died from substance abuse in the past year.”