Arch’s One Year Anniversary
Arch in Hillingdon celebrated its one year anniversary last week, holding an open day event for the local community.
Arch is an integrated treatment system for all drug and alcohol users in Hillingdon. It opened its doors last August 2015 as a partnership between Blenheim, CNWL, WDP and Build on Belief, offering a range of services from groups to outreach, open access to prescribing.
One year on, staff, volunteers, service users and other community members gathered in Arch’s building and garden, to hear recovery stories from service users, to eat delicious food, and say ‘Happy Anniversary’ to the service.
The Mayor opened Arch’s summer house which was built with a generous donation from a previous Mayor – a beautiful new space that will be used for groups, social events and complementary therapies. Informative stalls gave information on Arch services, and advice on drug and alcohol awareness, harm reduction, and overdose prevention and naloxone. Staff and volunteers were given awards, and even participated in a ‘Great British Bake Off’ competition!
Arch also hosted the Recovery Street Film Festival, which showcases inspiring three-minute films made by people affected by addiction. A steady, captivated audience dropped in to watch these personal accounts of addiction and recovery, which aim to reduce stigma surrounding drug and alcohol problems and break down barriers.
With a fantastic turn out from local partners, service users and volunteers, the event was a huge success.
Happy One Year Anniversary, Arch!