2019 in review


It’s been a brilliant year at Recovery Connections and if you were at our December Community Event and Graduations, you’ll have heard Drew take us on a whistle-stop tour back through the last 12 months.

For those that couldn’t make it, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Earlier in the year, we headed down to London to take part in an art exhibition focused around recovery. After working with Milda Samsonaite from the Royal College of Arts through late 2018 and early 2019, it was very powerful to see the finished piece. 

We’ve continued to build great relationships within the community, both with other Middlesbrough services and through taking the coffee bike out into the town centre and giving out free cups of Recovery Roast (we’ve chatted to 600 people out on it since August!). 

We were shortlisted for three awards, were awarded CQC Outstanding and we’ve welcomed many new Ambassadors and Volunteers into the service.

We have reconnected with friends across the world such as David Collins and the brilliant Favor UK Recovery Walk was hosted right here in Middlesbrough – were you there when the town turned purple and brought over 1,000 people together? 

Our Celebration of Recovery during Alcohol Awareness Week was a great success, along with our seasonal events such as our annual Halloween Party. 

2019 has been a great one for the service and we can’t wait to see what 2020 holds.