August 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our very first edition of our newsletter! We aim to keep you updated on everything Recovery Connections has to offer and more! For those who don’t know who we are and what we do we are the recovery and abstinence part of Middlesbrough Recovering Together (MRT).

We offer residential rehab and  community support which includes things such as getting you to mutual aid meetings, health and wellbeing sessions, women’s group, men’s group, community garden and community events.

If you are interested in Residential rehab or support for your recovery, please speak to your recovery coordinator or send us a message on social media or ring 01642 351976.



July Updates

After working hard and having a huge social media presence we have finally hit 1000 likes on our Facebook page! Woohoo! Thank you all. That is 1000 people that like the service and like what we do, it means a lot. Here’s to the next 1000!




At the beginning of the month we also had our new group of trainee Ambassador’s starting the Ambassador Programme – it is a 12 week course and they graduate with an accredited qualification. They are all currently working extremely hard and we are super proud of them! We absolutely love all of our ambassadors and we are entirely grateful for their hard work they do over MRT – thank you all! One of our ambassadors from the class of 2016 has just progressed into a full time Trainee Recovery Worker post at Recovery Connections – congratulations Shawn!

Another success within the service is Matthew – one of Trainee Recovery Workers is now a Men’s Health Trainer for Public Health. Well done Matthew!

July also involved another very special graduation at Bar Zero. Graduations are always such an emotive and heart-warming event; it is truly special seeing change in a person and gaining that little sparkle back in their eyes. We had 2 very special people graduating this July; it is an opportunity for their families and friends to see the miraculous powers of recovery! We also had a special guest with an empowering message and discussion that you can achieve anything and be whoever you want to be – extremely inspiring! So thank you again Andrew James!

The end of July was super busy – the community team temporarily moved over to Fulcrum for recovery activity week where they spent time doing things such as decorating cakes and hosting quizzes to show that you can have fun in recovery! Our Notes for Hope choir also joined forces with Durham’s choir to perform at Durham Cathedral for a celebration of recovery from addiction; an extremely powerful event – there wasn’t many dry eyes in the cathedral! And we ended the month attending Blackpool for the handover of the recovery baton as this year’s Recovery Walk takes place in Blackpool and as always it is something we are extremely proud and excited to be a part of!


Recovery Connections to compete in Recovery Games

The Recovery Games is a yearly event held in Doncaster – it is teams of a minimum of 8 taking part of a fun filled team activity building day with a little bit of lighthearted competing. It’s on the 18th August and a team from Recovery Connections is taking part! Activities include things such as dodgeball, wipeout, human wrecking ball, archery and many more! It looks like it’s going to be an amazing day, spent with people showcasing how fun recovery can be! It finishes with a colour festival with the announcement of the winners but it’s about taking part! Photos will appear in September’s edition! Wish us luck!



We invite you to our open day every Monday!

Did you know that our door is open every Monday 1.30 – 3.30pm? Well you do now! Recovery Connections invites anyone who wants to have a look around, see what we do, ask questions and say hello to everyone! A member of staff does a presentation explaining a brief introduction to the residential rehab and then you are invited to an open in-house meeting. We have had visitors from the police, CGL, ARCH and other wonderful services and we love meeting you all! Come along one Monday afternoon and say hello! We make a good brew! Book via



Young Person’s Recovery Forum

We recently appointed a new role within our service – Young People in Development Lead. We hope to mobilise a network of under 25’s in recovery to come together, make recovery visible and connect in the community. We have recently organised a Young Person’s Recovery Forum for an opportunity for young people who identify themselves on a recovery journey to meet each other and begin a visible recovery movement in 18 – 25 year olds. It is going to be a safe, relaxed event at Bar Zero every last Wednesday of the month; beginning Wednesday 30th August 6:30pm – 8:00pm.


Recovery Family Fun Days!

We have two events in August aimed for families with family members in recovery at Bar Zero on August 16th and August 30th 11am – 2pm. It is an opportunity for families to come together and have some fun.


Upcoming in September – Recovery Month!

September is Recovery month and we are expected to be super busy as always! Here’s a sneak preview of our month;

Garden Fete – 6th September, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sleep out in Blackpool – 8th September

Recovery Walk in Blackpool – 9th September, 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Graduation at Bar Zero – 12th September, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Middlesbrough Recovery Walk – 23rd September, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Serenity Fest at Bar Zero – 23rd September, 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Ambassador Graduation – 26th September, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Young Person Recovery Forum – 27th September, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Macmillan Coffee Morning – 29th September – Time to be confirmed


Competition Time!

This is our first newsletter and we have decided to run a little competition; we want your say! What would you like our monthly newsletter to be named? We will choose a winner this month and announce it in the next months newsletter! You can submit your entry to our Facebook, Twitter or email.

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