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Volunteering benefits New Beginnings group

A group of people from a Doncaster drug and rehabilitation unit have been volunteering their time to help a conservation project run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Service users and staff from New Beginnings Recovery-Orientated Detoxification Service in Balby, which is run by Aspire, rolled up their sleeves to help erect posts and lay footpaths during a practical conservation task day at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.

Substance Misuse Practitioner Terez Nagy said: “Connecting with other people, giving back to the community, being active, taking notice of our surroundings and trying new experiences are five ways to improve wellbeing. They also help us to feel part of the community we live in – which is an important part of someone’s ability to sustain recovery and thrive.

“Volunteering at Potteric Carr ticked all these boxes and more, and was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

“Some members of the group have already put their names down to return to the project in their own time outside of our recovery programme, helping to keep this little oasis in Doncaster a great place for wildlife and for people.”

Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service is a partnership between, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and The Alcohol and Drug Service (ADS).

Staff and service users from New Beginnings at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.
Staff and service users from New Beginnings at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.