Celebrating one year of the Suffolk Recovery Network

News item posted: 28 April 2016

On Friday 15th April, Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council's Cabinet Member for Health visited Turning Point’s substance misuse service in Ipswich.

The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate the support that is on offer through alternative therapies, group sessions, clinical services, the youth team, the Welcome Café and more.

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Turning Point’s Chief Executive also attended the event and spoke about the ‘incredible support’ that is on offer to people in Suffolk.

Following speeches, a number of people graduated to become peer mentors, meaning they are now qualified to provide support to others who are aiming to overcome substance misuse.

John Carlin, Senior Operations Manager at Turning Point said: ‘We really enjoyed hosting Cllr Goldson to discuss what we have achieved one year on from our launch, and it was a great pleasure to see the variety of people who attended. It was also a fantastic opportunity to thank staff who have worked across the county, getting us to where we are today.

‘Over the course of the last 12 months there have been some significant developments to our service user involvement at all levels. This is seen through the volunteers, service user reps and peer mentors – it was inspiring to hear some of them share their own thoughts on the service and how they have been supported.’

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council's Cabinet Member for Health said: ‘I am delighted to be part of Turning Point Suffolk Recovery Network's first anniversary, which marks a year of this important organisation supporting Suffolk people to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

‘The team offers support to both adults and young people across Suffolk who need help to overcome the often devastating effects of addiction. They work closely with local organisations to make sure the right interventions are available at the right time and, one year on, they couldn't be doing a better job.’

Turning Point’s drug and alcohol service in Suffolk provides free support for adults and young people.

If you are worried about your or someone else’s substance misuse, call the service on 0300 123 0872.