Northern Recovery College by Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, Sheffield Hallam University and Spectrum

The Northern Recovery College concept originated from a conference held around Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).

The triumvirate (trio),led by Professor David Best of Sheffield Hallam University; Dr Linda Harris, from Spectrum; and Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager; identified that there was a link missing  in the drug and alcohol field and recovery field.  Changes in landscape meant that the opportunities for collective information sharing and learning were becoming less frequent at all levels across different communities and organisations.

The College was formed on the principles developed by looking at the assets across both taught, lived and worked based environments for recovery and substance misuse. The principles are:

  • Bringing the collective experiences together from a rich resource bank known to the triumvirate and its members
  • freely sharing of evidence based practice or practice based evidence could be achieved in a collaborative approach to benefit treatment and the recovery movement in its continued development to support wellbeing
  • based on a recovery model that emphasises holistic wellbeing of both the client group and the workforce.

The College started with the ambition of having three stand-alone events  across Yorkshire and Humber each year.  Each event was led by one of the originating organisations which also support an environmental experience for members as well as a shared knowledge of good practice. The Consortium has produced a Prezi which can be viewed via the link below along with evaluation of feedback.

https://prezi.com/view/FD1Sn2XPnYLls0oAlt6j

The Northern Recovery College particularly wants to thank all of the guests, speakers and members alike who have taken part to make this part of a learning journey.

We believe as a group of collective people, with a vested interest in wellbeing in our communities as well as recovery, treatment services and other settings such as prisons, this unique way of connecting people represents an opportunity to support a grass roots approach to empowering members at every level.

We are keen to hear from other people who would like to join this experience and who want to commit to supporting our vision for collaboration, shared, experiential learning and evidence-based recovery practice.

Interested? Then please email Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager on stuart.green4@nhs.net