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Community: RISE event

1 May 2013

Recovering Individuals Striving for Excellence

The first RISE event organised by Reading’s drug and alcohol treatment services and supported by Reading FC Community Trust was a “resounding success” with more than 500 people attending.

It was organised by recovery treatment services in the Reading area and the Community Trust to give clients and their families a chance to join in with fun team activities.

RISE stands for Recovering Individuals Striving for Excellence. The clients are all vulnerable people recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The main event was a football tournament held in the Reading FC Training dome, in which 12 teams competed, made up of clients and staff from different recovery services.

The team from rehabilitation unit Yeldall Manor, in Blakes Lane, Hare Hatch, were the victorious side.

Clients and their families also got to join in with other fun activities such as a street dance workshop, hair and beauty pampering and a diet and nutrition workshop at the event held at the Madejski Stadium.

And they were even treated to a tour round the Royals stadium, with Reading FC Community Trust staff giving a detailed explanation of match day activities.

Vickie Pitchforth, recovery support co-ordinator for Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI) Reading, said: “The day was a resounding success promoting positive recovery in Reading.

“Thank you for all that attended making the first event of its kind so memorable.

“Recovery is more than just treatment, it is an individual journey where positive changes are made. Many of these changes contribute to improving the individual’s confidence and self esteem, enabling the person to feel part of a community and contributing in a positive way.

“The RISE event put this statement into reality.”

“Reading FC Community Trust would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the day and made it the success it was.  The football club is at the heart of the community and by offering football, street dance, hair and beauty workshops, diet and nutrition information and stadium tours, it shows the vast array of ways we look to support local people by delivering positive provision” added Gary Webb, Social Inclusion Officer for Reading FC Community Trust.

A CRI client said: “The day really inspired me, it made me realise that there is more out there for me than to pick up a can. When can we do it again?”

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