Recently, Turning Point Scotland took part in a major Recovery Summit held in Perth organised by the Scottish Recovery Consortium, looking at some of the current issues and challenges.

The purpose was to bring together people from all across Scotland working with and supporting people in Recovery, to talk openly and share best practice.

Hayley Croad is Service Coordinator at Turning Point Scotland Leith and attended:

“There was a wide range of delegates including service users and other individuals with learned experience, people who work in support services, doctors and Commissioners from ADPs.

The day began with a presentation from Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, spoke about ‘The Road to Recovery Now’, including some of the progress we are making, and some of the challenges we are facing around recovery.

Kuladharini from the Recovery Consortium then spoke about some of the work that they are doing, and the first session was concluded with a presentation by Ruth Campbell from COMAS who spoke about the work of the Serenity Café in Edinburgh.

She ended her talk with an uplifting DVD produced by the Serenity Café which showed the progress of the project from its inception and had photos of some of the functions that they have put on in the community.

Before lunch there were 2 workshops, one was looking at current concerns about access to Residential Rehab in Scotland, the second consisted of presentations from 4 treatment providers about something they are proud of in their services that has been developed to promote recovery.

The overwhelming theme that came through in nearly all of the presentations was that of Peer Support and how powerful it can be, and how necessary it is in some peoples’ recovery.

Turning Point Scotland Chief Executive Martin Cawley then took us through an exercise which helped us to see how the social networks of individuals can be very different and, for those in recovery, may be largely consisting of people paid to support them.

We had a delicious Conversation Café-style lunch where we discussed where we feel we are in terms of the Road to Recovery and where we see our services being in 4 years time.

After lunch we split into workshops again looking at Methadone and Recovery, or Indicators for Recovery. The indicators for Recovery group gave us some ideas of how to develop indicators in our own services and allowed us to share best practice ideas with each other.

The day ended with a presentation about the new ‘Recovery Initiative Fund’ which is being supported by the Scottish Recovery Consortium and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

There will be a number of small grants of up to £1500 available to support grass roots recovery initiatives in Scotland. These grants will be aimed primarily at independent recovery support groups and organisations and will help new initiatives to prepare themselves for applying for further funding from mainstream sources.

The day was very positive for all involved and the message ‘Recovery Matters Because Life Matters’ came through loud and clear.