Category Archive: Events

  1. A matter of life & death- recovery in East Ayrshire – Summary of event

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    In East Ayrshire we believe in doing things differently and showing compassion and kindness to people within our communities. Yet, right now we have tragically, seen an increase in drug and alcohol related deaths, and suicides across East Ayrshire. They are not just numbers, they are family members, friends and neighbours. We heard heartbreaking stories of families living in extreme poverty and the impact of bereavement on families. We want to make sure that people know we care and want to protect people from harm. In our community we believe that everyone should have a dignified life.

    Recovery Enterprises Scotland and Someone Else’s Addiction hosted a community engagement event on 16th August 2019 to demonstrate each of those lives matter. We heard from 110 stakeholders that attended, including elected members, strategic leads, local and national service providers. We heard about the injustice families faced, and from individuals in recovery and people with a particular interest in recovery.

    It is not right that we have seen an increase in drug related deaths from 24 people in 2017 to 29 people in 2018; and alcohol related deaths increased from 21 people to 30 people; and suicides increased from 12 people to 26 people during the same period. The estimated prevalence of problematic drug use within East Ayrshire is 1800, this means that our services and supports are not always meeting the needs of people within our community.


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  2. Recovery Cafe launch event- ‘Building Together’

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    About this Event

    Recovery Enterprises Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of a recovery café on 1st November within the Howard Centre, Kilmarnock.

    We are reaching out to invite all along to share in this key development and celebration. This will be an opportunity to hear the vision and ethos for the café in providing low cost quality home cooked food and creating a holistic hub, supporting the needs of all community members.

    We will raise awareness in how this approach can complement current structures and enhancing pathways of support requiring collective engagement.

    The recovery café model has been made possible, which we are extremely grateful, to funding support from the Alliance Scotland, The National Lottery and Firstport in sharing our vision of supporting the community.

    As part of café implementation, volunteers have been engaging in a range of training activities in supporting skill development, confidence and team building. The volunteers being extremely passionate about supporting their local community, whilst demonstrating recovery is achievable, offering hope and inspiration to peers. Volunteers are keen to share their experiences and the positive nature in being involved and creating peer support networks.

    We do hope you are able to come along to show your support, and engage with the café on a regular basis. We are encouraging partner projects and services to promote support available, along with gathering feedback from attendees, in helping to shape a family inclusive holistic approach.

    The event will commence at 3pm with teas, coffees and soft drinks being served followed by a finger buffet.

    This is a free event, and no requirement to reserve a place, though to assist with catering we would be grateful if people can register.

    For any further information please contact Mark Gallagher at [email protected] or 07793241895.

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  3. A matter of life and death – recovery in East Ayrshire

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    Over the last year we have, tragically, seen an increase in drug related deaths, alcohol related deaths, and suicides across East Ayrshire. These are not just numbers, these are family members, friends and our residents. These devastating events are having a truly significant toll on many people.

    Recovery Enterprises Scotland and Someone Else’s Addiction are hosting a community event to demonstrate each of those lives matter; highlighting the impact on family, friends and communities.

    The aim of this event is to consider what works, what’s not working, and what can be done to reduce the risk, increase recovery opportunities and inclusive support; whilst recognising the stigma, inequalities and discrimination preventing individuals and families accessing support.

    This is an approach requiring collective efforts; therefore, this event is open to a wide range of stakeholders.

    This event will take a conversation café approach where key themes will be highlighted to help shape a series of discussions.

    The overall objective is to gather valuable feedback that can be shared within a range of strategic groups to consider approaches inclusive of all community members and aligning resources to reducing risk, increasing support and enhancing opportunities.

    We are delighted and honoured that Professor Catriona Matheson will deliver the key note speech. Professor Matheson was recently announced as the new chair of a special taskforce set up to tackle the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland.


    Date And Time

    Fri, August 16, 2019
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM BST


    The Howard Centre
    5 Portland Road
    KA1 2BT