Breakfast at The Brink – stories of hope and inspiration from the UK’s first dry bar

Sally Benton, Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications, provides a review of The Forward Trust’s recent event from the Labour Party Conference (Fringe).

On 9th October, The Forward Trust hosted a special event at The Brink, Liverpool. It’s a unique place that offers the friendly, warm welcome you would expect from your local café – but one that goes way beyond expectations to provide an ‘award winning’ recovery hub that provides specialist support to people working through addiction.

In the spirit of its setting, our Breakfast at the Brink event provided a fantastic showcase of the transformative work that is delivered here – day in, day out.

It was a privilege to open the event, a room of staff, supporters and advocates alongside delegates from the Labour Party Conference – who wanted to experience something beyond the political bubble at this unique fringe event.

Next up, we heard from Mike Trace – CEO of The Forward Trust – who explained the reason why addiction services are so integral to thriving societies, but also their worth as community hubs.

We were incredibly grateful to hear from Dan Carden MP (Liverpool Walton) who reflected on the impact of addiction in the UK, the growing and tragic death rates and how policy should respond.

The real unsung heroes of the event were Andy, James and Cath – all taking to the stage to reveal their journey to recovery. The common theme throughout? Community, connection, and hope. The Brink and our day recovery programme SHARP, creates a sense of community, so that anyone, wherever they are on a journey can connect, initiate or continue a journey of recovery. A safe place to share, a dry place, a truly life changing space.

If you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to watch the full event video below:

Play full video recording below (duration 60 mins)

Thank you to everyone who shared, who prepared the amazing food and joined us to create addiction awareness at the heart of the Labour Party Conference.

This blog was originally published by The Forward Trust. You can read the original post here.

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