When it comes to valuing and celebrating recovery and wellbeing from drug and alcohol addiction, Doncaster has placed itself firmly on the map.
Just days to go before the start of the annual Recovery Games, people from across the length and breadth of the UK are beginning to converge on this historic market town to go head-to-head in some healthy gladiator-style games.
Into its fourth year, the Recovery Games plays an important role in bringing those who are recovering from addiction and the community together, and is seen as the lead up to recovery month in September. Battling it out in friendly fun packed competitive games is not the only struggle that many of the competitors have faced. These games challenge the stigma still present in society and are instrumental in bringing about a change in attitudes towards drug and alcohol addiction in our communities.
Year on year this annual event has grown into a wider community celebration and this year the Recovery Games is set to bring over 800 people to Hatfield Activity Centre in a family friendly event, in the north of Doncaster.
Teams made up of service users, volunteers and staff in the field of recovery, compete in water and climbing assault courses and there’s even a festival of colours for everyone to join in and get messy with dry multi-coloured powder paints.
The driving forces behind this event are Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with registered charity The Alcohol and Drug Service.
Visit www.aspire.commuinty for more information.
The action starts at 10.00am this Friday 18 August at Hatfield Activity Centre, Old Thorne Road, DN7 6EQ and finishing with the final at 4.30pm.