A Blade of Grass on Mars

With JAN MAYOR, BETH COLLINSON and DAVID BELL  “A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars” - Astronomer Carl SaganCan we really be facilitators of the transition from hopelessness, shame, self-doubt and a desire to be 'fixed', to acceptance, celebration, leadership and humility? We’ll be wrapping-up with an opportunity to reflect on how these ideas can be applied in our own organisations and communities. We’ll hear about two models that are promoting active citizenship as part of recovery, not just within the recovery community but out there, in the ‘real world’. There’ll be an opportunity to consider how active citizenship can work within differing organisational structures (NHS/voluntary sector), share potential pitfalls and encourage…

Keynote: Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up

With PAUL SCHMITZ Leading inside out… Our keynote speaker will introduce to us the concept of leadership in the recovery Community. This session promises to not only inspire us, but to challenge us on our role as developers of leadership as a pro-social concept.

Hello My Name is!

Hosted by DAVID BEST With BOB CAMPBELL, ALEX ROYFFE and LYNDA PACE-AVERY “Hello, my name is John and I’m recovered. It has been 5 years since my last meeting.”Does anyone ever say "I'm recovered"?This year's panel session will be a 'share' with a difference. We've invited the veterans of recovery, those who have made it to the other side - the 5+ years in recovery. All could be described as having post-addiction success in very different fields; some using their addiction experience to forge new careers. With plenty of opportunity for audience questions, thoughts and debate, we'll be unpicking whether you can ever truly leave your addiction behind and whether you should want to.

Except for that One Thing!…….Powered by PechaKucha

Hosted by JONNY DOUGLAS and PENNIE RAVENWith CAROLINE DE MAX, MARK HOLMES, HELEN PHILLIPS-JACKSON, JULIE BRESLIN, CHRIS FITZGERALD and CARL CUNDALL We want everyone to feel better than well, to reach the tertiary stage and head into recovery and beyond. But there’s always just that one thing that’s holding people back: that one housing thing, that funding situation or that complex mental health issue…. there’s always a one thing. Using just 20 images and 20 seconds per image, we'll be inviting a selection of speakers to share insights, experiences and clever responses to their 'one things'. This fast-paced session will set you on another course. By combining the 20x20talks with short videos this will be a whistle-stop tour of ‘one things’…

Opener: Recovery – a new frontier?

With HARRY SHAPIROWe’ll be taking you on a journey….to recovery and beyond, boldly going where no man has gone before…..or have they? Is recovery a new concept or just a rehashing of old? Setting the scene for the day will be writer and journalist Harry Shapiro taking us on the journey of recovery past, recovery present and recovery future. From the emergence of addiction services out of people’s fronts rooms, to the current professionalisation of substance misuse support and what the future may hold.