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In Their Own Words: Redbridge residents in recovery from addiction set to share their stories for oral history project

PUBLISHED: 13:49 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:49 25 October 2017

Project Launch, R3 1st Floor, Ilford Chambers, 11 Chapel Road, Ilford IG1 2DR. Speakers Left to right: Deputy Director Eastside Community Heritage Alexia Dickinson and Karen Salahi the  Programme Manager Blenheim.

Project Launch, R3 1st Floor, Ilford Chambers, 11 Chapel Road, Ilford IG1 2DR. Speakers Left to right: Deputy Director Eastside Community Heritage Alexia Dickinson and Karen Salahi the Programme Manager Blenheim.

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A grand event last week saw the launch of an 18-month oral history project to gather and preserve the stories of people in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Journey to Recovery, which is a joint project by addiction charity Blenheim and Eastside Community Heritage, seeks to record people’s stories in their own words.

The project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was launched at R3, the borough’s drug and alcohol treatment service, at Ilford Chambers, Chapel Road.

It will look at changing attitudes towards addiction and mental health and the prejudices stalling open discussion about addiction.

Helen Deeson, marketing manager at Blenheim, said the project will also explore how treatment has changed over the years.

Volunteers who take part in the project, which will be offered lessons on interview techniques, photography, audio and video recording skills, film making and more.

If you are in recovery, live in Redbridge and are over 18 years old, and would like to take part, contact Karen Salahi, Programme Manager, by phoning 07725 264 407 or email k.salahi@blenheimcdp.org.uk.


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