\u2018Is this one of the most important documents we\u2019ve seen in a long time \u2013 or a rehash of old ideas?\u2019 This was the opening question to an online conversation hosted by the College of Lived Experience Recovery Organisations (CLERO) \u2013 the first of several events to gather feedback from LEROs on the Carol Black report. More support is needed for peer-led grass-roots recovery communities What was new \u2013 and welcomed enthusiastically by LEROs from across the UK \u2013 was the emphasis on lived experience. CLERO was mentioned specifically and Dame Carol had called for structured peer-led recovery networks in every area, with more support for peer-led grass-roots recovery communities and peer mentoring, and clear occupational standards. The challenge now was to take up this \u2018empowerment opportunity\u2019 and demonstrate that people with lived experience were a \u2018powerful force\u2019. The policy document had opened the door to work together on \u2018a meaningful strategy, not a response\u2019. The document had demonstrated that \u2018they can\u2019t have an effective treatment system without us and that\u2019s a massive positive.\u2019 Many who contributed to the discussion were concerned at the distinction in the document between professionals and recovery workers \u2013 \u2018I\u2019ve been working in recovery as a professional for years\u2019 \u2013 and some were \u2018battling not to be cynical\u2019 because of experience of working with providers who involved their groups in bids, then let them go instead of involving them in paid-for work. This had been the case with the recent \u00a380m that had gone to providers to fill holes in the treatment system, said the head of one recovery organisation, who added, \u2018but I don\u2019t want to be cynical, I want to be part of the solution. We are the people who can make change so how can we support our commissioners to implement this?\u2019 All agreed that it was an opportunity, and all committed to working collectively to make sure it didn\u2019t go to waste. The CLERO pledged to use their professional experience to create clear dialogue that would inform the debate, and help to create the competency framework mentioned in the document. Participants were concerned that there was no mention of alcohol in the strategy but hoped to make it equally relevant to people experiencing alcohol problems, who were key members of LEROs \u2013 particularly as different addictions were so commonly linked. There were similar comments about the need for a \u2018blended approach\u2019 on mental health and addiction and the relevance of good-quality research. \u2018We\u2019ve been saying this stuff for years but when Dame Carol Black says it, it carries more weight,\u2019 commented one participant. The ambition of the CLERO and its members was to use this \u2018great platform\u2019 to be part of an unprecedented opportunity.