A team made up of staff from Humankind’s services across the country, will be cycling from Manchester to Teesside to highlight the many ways to achieve recovery from substance misuse.
The sponsorship funds raised by the riders will go towards Humankind’s
Service User Fund. The fund is a pot of money for items or activities that will enrich or improve an individual’s or family’s life. That could mean clothes for a job interview or assisting with college equipment and in some cases essential goods for a new home. It can also cover group travel to galleries or museums or fund an important service user event.
They will call in at Humankind-led drug and alcohol recovery service locations all along the journey.
Paul Townsley, Chief Executive Officer of Humankind, will be among the cyclists.
He said: “Humankind is a major sponsor of the Favor UK Recovery Walk this year, which is being held in Middlesbrough. We wanted to show our support for this cause with this Ride for Recovery. Raising money and awareness to improve the lives of our service users will demonstrate that.
“As well as the core team of 15 riders, extra cyclists from our local services as well as people who have used our services in the past, will be joining the ride at the various stages.”
Day One, Wednesday, 4 September, – Manchester to Leeds, 43 miles. Redbank stage. (logo)
Cyclists set off at 10am from Humankind’s Redbank Supported Accommodation in Manchester. They go via Rochdale, across the Pennines and through Sowerby Bridge arriving at Calderdale Recovery Steps in Halifax around lunchtime.
They then ride on via Oakenshaw and Tong to Leeds, visiting 5 WAYS, the recovery hub for Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service.
Day Two, 5 September – Leeds to Northallerton, 53 miles.
From 5 WAYS, the team heads North, via Pool in Wharfedale, Killinghall, Fountains Abbey and Ripon before riding on to the Northallerton hub of North Yorkshire Horizons.
Day Three, 6 September – Northallerton to Bishop Auckland, 34 miles
From Northallerton, the cyclists ride west of Darlington to Shildon, heading to the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Service hub in Bishop Auckland.
Day Four, 7 September – Bishop Auckland to Middlesbrough, 26 miles
On the morning of the Recovery Walk, the cyclists ride from Bishop Auckland, through Newton Aycliffe to Centre Square Middlesbrough where the walk will begin and end.
Day One, 4 September
Redbank provides a recovery focused accommodation service for people in Manchester who have had a history of misuse of substances or alcohol, have been through detoxification, are abstinent and wish to remain so.
Calderdale Recovery Steps is the drug and alcohol service for the area offering treatment at local recovery hubs in Halifax and Todmorden as well as in local GP Practices.
Forward Leeds the city’s alcohol and drug service. Forward Leeds, a Humankind led service, is Britain’s second biggest multi-agency project to tackle alcohol and drug problems. As well as 5 WAYS it has three treatment hubs in the city, in Armley, Seacroft and in the city centre.
Day Two, 5 September
North Yorkshire Horizons is the integrated drug and alcohol recovery service for North Yorkshire with hubs in Selby, Harrogate, Scarborough, Skipton and Northallerton. Its aim is to help as many people as possible to recover from and be free from drug and alcohol dependency. It also seeks to reduce the harm that is caused to individuals, families and communities across the county.
Day Three, 6 September
County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. The service offers ways for local people with drug and alcohol problems to become free from their dependence. It also want to reduce the problems that substance misuse causes to families, friendships, workplaces and communities in County Durham. The service has recovery centres in Peterlee, Durham and Bishop Auckland.
The UK Recovery Walk in Middlesbrough
This year will be the 11th UK Recovery Walk. Every year thousands of people in recovery, their families and friends gather together to celebrate and advocate for recovery. As well as individuals a number of projects and services will be there to celebrate their successes and recovery itself. This will include representation from all of Humankind’s drug and alcohol services.