At the ARC we are trying to create a movement of Active Citizens - people in recovery paying it forward and becoming assets to the local community of Sheffield through learning, activities, language and ambition. Folks and staff from the ARC have been getting together to come up with some ideas of active citizenship in practice, the first of which took part in June.
We contacted the Sheffield Hospital's charity and requested a fundraising pack for their "Charity chef" event, specifically asking if any money we raised could benefit the Hadfield wards at Northern General Hospital. Many of our service users have previously been in-patients on these two wards for conditions related to alcohol use. In fact many had their first contact with SASS through our mentoring programme where trained ARC peers volunteer on the wards and introduce patients to the concept of recovery.
We got together and planned a 3 course menu; advertised and contacted service users and volunteers (ex and current) selling 8 tickets in total. We had waiting-on staff, 2 chefs and 2 camping stoves to create a culinary treat!!
The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved with one couple saying "We bought tickets as soon as we knew who you were fundraising for, we wanted to give something back as we've both been on those wards at some point". One of the the volunteers on the day said "I've had a brilliant day, thanks for getting me involved". We raised a total of £110.00 to go towards a much needed TV set for the wards.
Our next plan is volunteering to walk the Greyhounds at the Sheffield retired greyhound trust in Wortley!!
The Active Citizen programme is supported through players of the People's Postcode Lottery. To find out more check out our Active Citizen page.