September is recovery month and in honour of that we hosted a weeks’ worth of activities at the Falcon Centre. Our aim is to increase awareness of substance misuse issues and support those struggling, aiding people towards the road to recovery and celebrating those who are in recovery.
All week we had information stands, recovery shares, live music and more. Monday 4th September marked our 10-year anniversary of The Falcon Centre where we hosted an open day to showcase all the services we provide, which are currently under threat by proposed funding cuts by Leicestershire County Council. This year we supported 1,180 individuals, some of which we heard from during our Q&A on the topic ‘What Does Homelessness Mean to You?’.
Tuesday was our Health Day. We had Health Checks and screening from 12-2 and haircuts available all morning, as well as Hep C Testing and Fibro Scans. We had a brilliant turn out; it was great to see so many people get involved and have the access to take their health into their own hands.
Alongside recovery we support harm reduction. Naloxone saves lives and works by reversing an opioid overdose. We heard from people whom Naloxone saved their life in our recovery shares, including demonstrations on how to use it. All week our needle exchange was open and anonymous as part of the harm reduction services we provide.
We celebrate and encourage all people in recovery and congratulate milestone progress. Recovery week fell appropriately during a service users’ milestone of 6 months sober, when talking about the Falcon Centre and the support she has received on her journey she said “This is where I call home”.
An amazing and successful recovery week and the action doesn’t stop there, come and support us as we continue to celebrate recovery month throughout September.