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Merseyside Recovery Awards

10 September 2012

Action on Addiction launches the inaugural Merseyside Recovery Awards at The Brink
Saturday 27 October
The Brink, 15-21 Parr Street, Liverpool
*Celebrating triumph over adversity*

On Saturday 27 October 2012, Action on Addiction will host the inaugural Merseyside Recovery Awards at the charity’s flagship social enterprise and the UK’s only dry bar, The Brink. 
The Merseyside Recovery Awards will celebrate the impressive progress Liverpool has made in recent years towards disarming addiction and tackling the causes and consequences of its drugs and drink culture.  
Nine award categories will highlight the achievements of some of Merseyside’s most inspiring people; recognising individuals who have overcome personal adversity as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the recovery community through their work or volunteering. The winner of the Sue Mercer Lifetime Achievement Award will receive a £500 prize to donate to the recovery project of his or her choice.
Attendees will enjoy The Brink’s infamously good menu of locally sourced food and ‘dry’ cocktails, including ‘The Duchess’ which made national news in February this year when sampled by Action on Addiction’s royal patron, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. The evening’s entertainment will include live music from local band ‘Spread the Jam’ as well as a live magic show.
Jacquie Johnston-Lynch, Head of Service at Action on Addiction Merseyside, comments; “Merseyside has previously been known for its heavy drink and drug culture, gun crime, poor health and unemployment. However, over recent years there has been a massive change in the way drug and alcohol problems are being addressed, resulting in significant improvements to the quality of life for many individuals, families and whole communities. We would like to thank and honour the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral, who have made Merseyside’s recovery revolution happen.
“This is a great opportunity to get involved with an amazing movement of people and to support and witness stories of inspirational transformation, whilst celebrating all that has been achieved”.
Local entrepreneur Kate Kingston, of Kingston Shaw Interior Design, is the overall sponsor of the event, she told us,: “Kingston Shaw is proud and excited to be supporting Action on Addiction with the Inaugural Recovery Awards, as we believe that individual recognition promotes collective success.”
  • Nominate someone for an award at: (deadline: midnight on Friday 28th September 2012). Nominees must be over 18 and currently live or work in, or be originally from, the Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley or Sefton areas.
  • Tickets can be bought from The Brink and cost £25, including a 3-course meal, entertainment and a goodie bag.
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For more information contact:
Elisabeth Middlemas / 020 3023 9033 /
Sarah Savage / 020 3023 9092 /
Notes to editors
About the Merseyside Recovery Awards
The Merseyside Recovery Awards has nine categories:
·        Unsung Hero Award
·        Social Impact Award
·        Extraordinary Achievement Award – Woman
·        Extraordinary Achievement Award – Man
·        Worker Supporting Recovery Award
·        Group/Project/Team Recovery Award.
·        Creative Recovery Award
·        Volunteer of the Year Award
·        Sue Mercer Lifetime Achievement Award (£500 prize to donate to a recovery project)
Award sponsors include: One Park West, Pearson-Fielding Solicitors, Base to Stay, Leaf, Elixir Group, School of Social Entrepreneurs North West, and R2A Architects.
The evening’s refreshments are courtesy of Mr Fitzpatrick’s, Total Food Service and 3663.
About The Brink
The Brink is a revolutionary social venture which opened in September 2011. The Brink is the UK’s first dry bar and restaurant, serving locally-sourced fresh food, an imaginative array of non-alcoholic drinks and hosting events to showcase the talent of local artists, musicians and performers – creating a thriving social hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can socialise and relax.
The bar is staffed by people who have had problems with alcohol in the past, providing those in recovery with an opportunity to re-enter the workforce.
As a social enterprise, all profits go directly back into the community to support the recovery of those who have suffered as a result of alcoholism and addiction.
The Brink was visited by Action on Addiction’s patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, on 14 February 2012.
About Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. Our treatment centres include Clouds House, Hope House, and SHARP (Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programmes) structured day programmes.

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