Clitheroe walk breaks down barriers between drug users and community

Staff, supporters and service users from the Inspire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service who took part in the 'Connecting Communities Walk'.
Staff, supporters and service users from the Inspire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service who took part in the 'Connecting Communities Walk'.

STAFF, supporters and service users from the local CRI Inspire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service took part in a “Connecting Communities Walk” in Clitheroe.

Its aim was to break down barriers between drug users and the community and raise awareness of the fact that misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances is not just a problem for big cities, but for all communities.

Wearing Inspire T-shirts, staff and service users handed out leaflets and chatted to residents, raising awareness of the existence and benefits of the Inspire treatment service. A drama monologue and musicians were also part of the celebrations.

After the walk, residents had a chance to join a buffet lunch at Inspire’s York Street premises and tour the Inspire treatment service.

Inspire services are located across East Lancashire in Burnley, Rawtenstall, Accrington and Clitheroe. They provide tailored support for those recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. The service is run by CRI, a national charity that runs projects to create healthier, safer communities, and it is commissioned by Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

Nichola Armitage, Service Manager for Inspire, said: “The Connecting Communities events are a unique opportunity to break down barriers between drug users and the community. They enable residents to meet Inspire staff and former service users and learn about the outstanding work Inspire achieves on a daily basis to make their communities safer and healthier for everyone.”

Simon Smith, of the Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, added: “Events like these help to break down stigma and encourage people who really need help to begin treatment and recovery.”