Final plans in place for the Voyage of Recovery
Innovative sailing treatment to aid people with addiction problems ready to launch
Our innovative addiction treatment project organised in association with sailing charity Tectona Trust will launch as planned on 1st August 2012. The 3-month voyage will see over 100 people in active treatment for drug and alcohol problems sail around Britain. Although we are still fundraising, enough money has been pledged to ensure the voyage will go ahead as planned.
The 3-month voyage will launch from Plymouth on Wednesday 1th August and travel west stopping at Milford Haven, Holyhead, Liverpool, Glasgow, Corpach, Peterhead, North Shields, Ipswich, London, Portsmouth and finally arrive back in Plymouth on 24 October.
Crewing the 80ft Gaff Ketch Tectona will be people drawn from Phoenix’s community and residential treatment services across the country, including the Wirral, Trafford, Barnsley, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Hampshire, Glasgow and Tyneside.
The objective of the voyage is to offer a huge personal development opportunity to those people struggling to transform their lives, and highlight to the world that recovery from addiction is possible and is happening.
The voyage will also be studied by Plymouth University to identify exactly how activities like the voyage can aid recovery from addiction.
Adele Duncan, Project Manager for the Voyage of Recovery;
“This has been a huge project but with the help of major sponsors Trafford Council and Birmingham’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (BDAAT) along with many companies and individual supporters, we’ve been able to make it happen”
“We’ve had staff, service users and supporters fundraising by climbing, swimming and cycling and some more unusual events such as a zip wire-ing off the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, an international snail eating contest in Birmingham, a pirate fancy dress day in Barnsley and a clairvoyant evening in Peterhead. In our prison treatment services across the country prisoners have been using the prison gyms to row the length of the voyage and climbing the height of Kilimanjaro on the step machine to support the voyage.
It really has brought people of all ages and backgrounds together to support recovery from addiction and help transform individuals and their communities around the country.”
Barry Eveleigh, Lead Commissioner for Drug Treatment Services in Birmingham with the responsibility for the commissioning of adult drug treatment services says;
“It’s great to see innovative ideas to jump start recovery and this programme of getting drug users to sail a ship around the country can only help boost confidence, something we often forget as a crucial element in the recovery journey.”
Darren Long, an ex-Phoenix service user and the originator of the voyage concept added;
“The voyage will be a life-changing opportunity for those people taking part, I know it will also be a symbol of hope for people who are in a similar situation to the one I was in a few years ago. I’m now drug-free and working on the Tectona helping others overcome their addiction problems.”
We’re still fundraising and accepting donations at www.justgiving.com/voyageofrecovery
You’ll be able to follow the voyage with blogs and updates from the voyagers right here on our website.