Recovering one step at a time with Arrows

A team from Quarriers Arrows Service in Moray will be setting an early alarm on September 23rd and heading down to Greenock for the 2023 Recovery Walk Scotland, organised by the Scottish Recovery Consortium, and this year it is being held in Battery Park.

It’s the largest recovery event in Scotland and it’s a day for the staff, volunteers and the people Arrows support to wave their flags in celebration of recovery from substance use.

Quarriers Arrows Service provides drug and alcohol support in Moray. Arrows offers a listening ear and provides advice and information for people facing addiction issues. Providing one-to-one and peer group support which helps to build motivation, set goals and manage addictions/dependency.

The Recovery Walk Scotland is a day to make recovery from substance use more visible and accessible to more people, and to reduce the stigma that still accompanies addiction.

With an estimated 4000 people attending the Recovery Walk it’s a day of collaboration, joy and reflection. The theme at last year’s event in Paisley was connected and caring and it certainly lived up to that.

The walkers can look forward to a Roses in the River Ceremony, a Recovery Village, children’s activities and a festival with live music to dance the day away.

Kim Philip, Lived Experience Development Worker, said: “I attended the Recovery Walk last year having just signed on to be a volunteer for Arrows after being supported by the service. It was a pivotal moment in my recovery, changing the way I thought about my substance use and helping me to truly see we are not alone.

“The amount of people that came together to raise awareness filled my soul with love and pride. Having listened to several incredibly brave people stand up in front of thousands and share their stories has given me the strength to no longer be ashamed of my own.

“Now as an employed member of the Arrows team I feel it benefits the people we support by helping them see they are not alone; we are all in this journey together and we can and do recover. The work Arrows does to walk alongside people throughout their journey includes one-to-one support, group work such as SMART Recovery, Art Therapy, Real Recovery, Wellbeing Group, Music Group and Active Sports Football Sessions, all of which are extremely helpful in finding new sober connections and building confidence to reintegrate into the community.

“We provide needle exchange, blood borne virus testing and have a food larder available to anyone who needs it. Our team of fieldworkers provide assertive outreach for those not quite ready to come into service. We also work alongside Police Scotland on projects such as Days of Action and School Talks where people share their lived experience and help to inform about the services available in the area.”

Jessica Barber, who is a Volunteer Recovery Assistant at Arrows, added: “”Before coming to Arrows I had never heard about the Recovery Walk so I didn’t know what to expect. I was very early in recovery at the time, and it gave me such hope and inspiration that recovery was possible. It was fantastic to see so many people come together to celebrate their journeys and I was proud to be a part of it.”

For more information about Arrows Drug and Alcohol Support, visit Arrows – Drug and Alcohol Support – Quarriers