Recovery lounge and warm space in memory of Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) peer mentor

Turning Point’s Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) Yeovil hub recently celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished Recovery Lounge, a warm and welcoming space for those in the community who are struggling, not only during the holiday season, but all year round.

The lounge has been named ‘Matt’s Recovery Lounge’ in memory of a peer mentor Matt, whose parents, Sue and Peter Ricketts, generously provided funding for its refurbishment alongside additional support from Somerset Council.

The event was attended by the SDAS team, peer mentors, and Alison Bell, consultant in public health (strategic manager) at Somerset Council. The lounge was renovated and refurbished by the peer mentors with the addition of some bespoke artwork by one of our very talented SDAS clients.

Joseph, peer mentors and volunteers team leader, expressed his excitement about the newly renovated lounge,

‘We are thrilled to be able to offer this greatly improved space to the community in memory of Matt. Matt’s Recovery Lounge is designed to provide a warm and inclusive atmosphere for individuals from Yeovil and nearby communities.

‘It is a place where everyone is welcome to come and have a warm drink, play a game, read a book or engage in friendly conversations with our SDAS key workers or peer mentors. We will strive to make this a space where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.”

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