Recovery Quilt made by Turning Point service users displayed in London

News item posted: 25 April 2016

Turning Point service users in Glastonbury have created a Recovery Quilt conveying people’s experiences of substance misuse. The quilt is made up of individual squares, each telling a different story.

On display at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London since 12th April, the Recovery Quilt is open to the public until Thursday 28th April.

Jane Norton, Recovery Worker at Turning Point in Glastonbury and creator of the project said: ‘The Glastonbury Recovery Quilt was inspired by the AIDS, or ‘Names’, quilts in San Francisco. People who had died and possibly had no grave were commemorated in the form of beautiful fabric panels.

‘It was this which inspired our own project in Glastonbury. Gradually, more and more people came to me with home-made applique panels they had made, and then we started a sewing group taking place every Wednesday morning. This gave people a chance not only to be artistic and develop the quilt, but to talk and support each other at the same time.

‘People talked of lost loves, their childhoods, regrets and their hopes and dreams for the future and a strong emotional bond was formed which, in addition to being gently supportive, allowed us to have a good laugh.’

Another woman who was involved in the project, Katie said: ‘I have been delighted to be involved with the making of the Recovery Quilt from start to finish, bringing addiction awareness to people. It has given me support, companionship and meaningful friendships with much laughter and tears along the way.

‘The quilt reflects friendship, support, community, happiness, and sadness with its own unique beauty.’

The Recovery Quilt is currently on display at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JH.

We are hoping to display the quilt at a number of other venues in the next few months.