DDN Conference 2019 Programme

Keep on Moving, the DDN service user involvement conference – Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, Thursday 21 February 2019

9-10am, Registration

10-11.15, Food for thought

10-10.10 – Welcome from the chair.

10.10-10.30 – Lord Victor Adebowale introduces the theme ‘keep on moving’ and its significance to service user involvement.

10.30-10.50 – Rosanna O’Connor explains how PHE are moving on hepatitis C strategy.

10.50-11.10 – Mat Southwell makes the case for putting people who use drugs back at the heart of the response to drug user health and rights.

11.10-11.20 – Question time


11.20 -11.50, Tea and coffee break


11.50-1pm, The big conversation

‘Where are we going with SU involvement? What is it? Why do we need it? Can we construct a national network that is relevant for today’s needs?’

This is an invitation for everyone to join in the debate. Our panel will give their thoughts and we want your views, with the aim of kick-starting a new, viable and sustainable initiative.

Chaired by Carole Sharma, with expertise from Release, Collective Voice and SMMGP


  • Mark Pryke, CGL
  • Radha Allen, B3
  • Tim Sampey, Build on Belief
  • Peter Yarwood, Red Rose Recovery
  • Jon Roberts, Dear Albert


1-2.15pm – lunch and exhibition


2.15-4pm, Insights

2.15-2.30 – My Lightbulb Moment – The Recovery Street Film Festival

2.30-2.50 – Naloxone: a personal story. Kevin Jaffray shares his moving experience of this life-saving intervention.

2.50-3.10 – Turning the tables. Owen Baily gives invaluable insight into gambling addiction and treatment.

3.10-3.40 – An open heart. Jacquie Johnston shares her unforgettable journey of personal growth and connection through her experiences of life’s ups and downs, including addiction. An unmissable finale that will leave you inspired.

3.40-4pm – Reflections and conference close

Refreshments will be served at 3.45pm and drinks will be available in a takeaway cup for your journey!