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Dundee United and Hillcrest Futures team up to tackle recovery

Organisations work together to deliver sessions to people in recovery as well as to those taking first steps towards it.

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Hillcrest Futures and Dundee United Community Trust (DUCT) have teamed up to deliver Recovery Goals, an eight-week programme aimed at people aged 16 and over in Dundee who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

In a bid to help reduce drug-related deaths in the city, the two organisations are working together to deliver the weekly sessions to people who are in recovery as well as to those who are taking the first steps.

Joy Dunlop, Hillcrest Futures’ Managing Director, said: “The partnership between Hillcrest Futures and DUCT is a fantastic opportunity to combine recovery with sport to contribute towards individual and community wellbeing.

“The sessions consist of personal development and recovery-focused workshops facilitated by Hillcrest Futures staff as well as football and sporting activities delivered by DUCT coaches.

“The programme will give attendees the chance to meet others in a similar situation and give them the opportunity to share experiences with one another. The aim is not only to raise awareness and break down stigma but also to encourage people to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“Once participants have completed the eight-week programme, staff from Hillcrest Futures will offer onward support to individuals and help organise peer-mentoring sessions.”

Jamie Kirk, DUCT’s Chief Executive, said: “I’m really pleased that we are working with Hillcrest Futures to provide some support to those currently in recovery. 

“Inclusion, in every sense of the word, is very important to us, and we believe that adding sport and physical activity to the support structures already in place can make a big difference. 

“We’re really excited for the project to start and can’t wait to see it evolving.” 

The free sessions are for those of all fitness levels and abilities and will take place every Friday at the GA Arena (Gussie Park) in Tannadice Street, Dundee. Recovery Goals runs from 1 November to 20 December 2019, with plans to run it again next year.

To find out more about Recovery Goals and how you can get involved, email Paul Prior on PPrior@hillcrestfutures.org.uk or call 01382 200532.