Making Recovery Visible


Amount requested: £9,600

SHMU- Making Recovery Visible

This project will create a brand-new creative and peer led programme for adults affected by problematic substance use & addictive behaviour and those on the recovery journey.  It will bring individuals together in small groups, empowering them to explore their personal narrative, encourage self-expression and develop the skills and confidence to share their own perspectives and experiences creatively through film, music or podcasting. This project will highlight the power of stories and storytelling and the role this can play in recovery, in forming and maintaining human connection, and in reflecting on and reframing what we think about ourselves and our communities.

Film – this course will get participants creatively exploring the world around them through photography and film. It will teach participants how to capture moments and tell a story through impactful images, music, and dialogue.

Podcasting – this course will support participants to discover and explore themes and topics important to them and their community, and how we can share these in a powerful and impactful way, through meaningful and challenging conversations and discussions captured in sound.

Music – this course will empower participants to explore and create music from wherever they are, learn about how music works, what it’s made up of, and how you can make your own with whatever you have. Music is a powerful tool for self-expression and exploration, allowing participants to immerse themselves and creatively tell their story.

The media pieces created, and stories captured by these groups will be celebrated and shared via shmu’s community platforms – shmuFM Community Radio station, Community Magazines, online, and through our emerging shmuTV Community TV station. We want to use this project to break down barriers, challenge perceptions and combat the stigma of addiction – by assisting individuals to give voice as to their lived experiences and in doing so make recovery visible.

Core objectives of the project:

–       Improved emotional wellbeing

–       Improved self-confidence and esteem

–       Reduced social isolation and loneliness

–       Improved resilience

–       Increased core and creative skills

–       Reduced risk-taking behaviour around misuse of substance

–       Improved onward route on their recovery journey

–       Making recovery more visible and tackling stigma

–       Providing a voice to those in addiction