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A history of the journey to recovery

Today, Monday 24th July, Blenheim and Eastside have received support from National Lottery players to record the life histories of people currently engaged in addiction recovery support at Blenheim’s R3 ETE (Education, Training & Employment) service in Redbridge.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will help participants examine changing societal attitudes towards addiction and mental health. As those in treatment today regrettably continue to face stigma and prejudice, it is vital that their stories are recorded and preserved in their own words, unlike in the past.

The project will engage 20 people in recovery in a range of heritage-related training opportunities, including archive research, oral history training, exhibition design and digital design skills. The volunteers will create a unique anthology and exhibition for the benefit and education of the public.

Helen Chitty, R3 ETE Manager, said;

“We are delighted to have been awarded the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to capture the history of recovery in Redbridge, in service users own words. This not only provides the opportunity for experience to be shared but to explore how treatment has changed and what we can learn from it.

“This is also a great opportunity for volunteers in recovery to learn interesting and unique skills that will help them with future roles and life skills.”

Blenheim provides support to drug and alcohol users, families and carers across London for over 50 years and delivers the local drug and alcohol service, R3, in partnership with East London Foundation Trust.

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