Three community events held throughout the month of March have been helping to challenge negativity and misinformation around people with problematic substance use.
The ‘Let’s CHAT about Stigma’ roadshow visited Dalmellington, Auchinleck and Kilmarnock to spread hope and positivity around recovery services as part of Women’s Recovery Month.
The family-orientated events, funded by the Council’s Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and organised by Vibrant Communities, featured children’s games, sports mentors offering boxing sessions, the youth work team providing activities for young people, as well as alternative therapies and health checks. Recovery services were on hand to offer advice and support and to showcase the positive work that is going on across East Ayrshire.
Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Spokesperson for Addiction and Recovery, said: “These events were all about getting communities to come together to spread hope and positivity about recovery services and the support that is available to individuals and families who need it.
“It’s vital that we challenge the stigma around people who have experienced problematic substance use and these roadshows were an engaging and innovative way to do this. Thanks to everyone who came along.”