Monthly Archives: February 2012
Luckily this years National Service user conference was at Birmingham NEC so just up the road for me. Handy!
We had a stand next to our friends Maddie, Lucy and now of course Nigel at HIT. Unlike previous conferences most of our day was spent talking to people who came over to our stand and other exhibitors. Everytime I was going to venture to a speaker session I ended up chatting away to someone. My voice was gettting quite croaky by lunchtime! I was pleased at how many people were interested in the training but especially Emotional Freedom Technique. Talking about tapping and its benefits is always interesting ranging from people who have never heard of it to people who have used it themselves and hear of people’s lives changing because of it. It was a great opportunity to catch up with our friends and contacts and to meet some new ones too.
Birmingham’s very own SUGAR (Service User Groups About Recovery) have been promoting the new social media pilot project and website which I have been part of the planning for. There will be a new website launch in March which will be an interactive site (www.mylife4me.co.uk) for potential and existing service users to access information and advice and to share their experiences. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more updates on this.
We met some great people from Lancashire Service User Forum who were out in force but I think they just wanted us for our sweets ; ). It was good to meet local Changes UK who provide residential aftercare for people in recovery. All the way from Northern Ireland U-Turn Training were also exhibiting and they have recently launched their brilliant opiate overdose app.
If you like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter you may have already seen this video I posted from another local project i sore media. The great news is that they deservedly won the film award for it at the conference.
As with any events like this the best thing is meeting the inspirational people who have overcome some very difficult hurdles to get where they are and stay alive. It reaffirms why I work in this field.
I’d also like to mention Rie and Francis two lovely human beings, always a pleasure to see them and always free with their hugs.
Big thanks to Drink and Drug News Magazine for such a great day.