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South Ayrshire Recovery Festival

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[30 August 2023]

This week South Ayrshire will host a family friendly celebration of recovery. The free South Ayrshire Recovery Festival will take place on Saturday 02 September 2023 at Rozelle Park between 11:30am and 4:30pm.

This exciting event will feature live music, family activities including face painting, children's entertainer, bouncy castles, birds of prey, fun sports day events as well as the South Ayrshire Drug and Alcohol Partnership's annual Recovery Walk and flower release in memory of those we have sadly lost due to alcohol, drugs or suicide.  

Gary Hoey, Chair of the Alcohol and Drug Partnership said, "This will be the second Recovery Festival we have hosted, the first since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are keen to make this a regular event to help raise awareness and break the stigma of addiction, and celebrate that recovery is possible. Family, friends and loved ones play a huge role in a individuals recovery journey and it is important that we bring our communities together in this safe and fun environment to showcase how we can all play a part to help support individual and whole family recovery."

This event will be alcohol and drug free with a range of services and recovery groups on hand to share information about the support available locally. There will also be a number of team building events and activities such as a tug of war and football tournament taking place as part of the day. Wellbeing supports will also play a large part of the event with information stalls and taster sessions being offered for a variety of relaxation and alternative therapies.

Linda Semple, Chair of the Integration Joint Board said, "This event will have something for everyone and we are delighted to have so many partners, recovery groups and community groups coming along to help make this event as enjoyable and knowledgeable as possible."

"South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership is committed to supporting individuals and families affected by alcohol and drugs to recover, and to reducing the number of alcohol and drug related deaths in our community, however, we cannot do this alone. We have worked hard to embed a number of different approaches locally including our Naloxone Peer2Peer Network which helps grow our capacity to utilise this life saving resource as widely in our community as possible."

For information on how to get involved in the Peer2Peer Naloxone Network please contact or 01292 612147.

To register your interest in the upcoming Recovery Festival please visit the Eventbrite page or follow the Recovery Festival events page on Facebook:

Please note advanced registration is not required, you can attend on the day.