The Voice Hub – September’s Recovery Roadshow!

Sep 21

The Voice Hub – September’s Recovery Roadshow!

To kick off September’s Recovery Month our Recovery Roadshow launched at the Hub earlier this month – with our open days offering an insight into what we do.

South wales Argus reported:

The Voice Hub, in Newport, showcases what is on offer at the centre in ‘recovery roadshow’

A COMMUNITY space in Newport which helps those in recovery from addiction is holding a series of activities this week as part of their “recovery roadshow”.

 Through the series of events, the Voice Hub, at McCarthy’s Court in School Lane, in the city centre, is hoping to publicise what they offer.

Steve Masterman, recovery co-ordinator at the Voice Hub, said: “We are open to everyone.

“We have between 20 to 30 people coming every day and they come from all walks of life – some of them are highly intelligent, others struggle with the basics.

“We have people who come every single day. For some people, this is the only place they can come where it is safe – they know no one is going to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Yesterday, they had an open day [MON] – giving an insight to all their groups and courses as well as a chance to meet the teams and a have a tour around the building, amongst others.

On Wednesday, they will be providing a range of holistic therapies throughout the day, such as aromatherapy or mindfulness facials, together with street dance classes and much more.

On Friday, the centre will be transformed into a cinema from noon, with a screening of Hacksaw Ridge.

“The activities we offer change on a monthly basis,” said Mr Masterman, who has been clean since 2006. “We ask service users what they think would help them and the activities are then facilitated by volunteers, except for acupuncture.

“The programme of activities helps them by having a structure to their lives. When they stop drinking or taking drugs, there is a massive gap in their lives.

“It is about staying as busy as possible.”

The Voice Hub opened in 2014 and is a recovery centre, where people attend after receiving their treatment.

Their aim is to help people not to be trapped in the “revolving door” of going back into addiction after treatment, but to stay in recovery, continued Mr Masterman.

“We ensure they get back into society nicely and gently, giving them the tools to lead a productive live,” he said.

At the Voice Hub, they can help with all sorts, such as job applications, family problems and financial difficulties.

Dave Cecil, from the Gaer area of Newport, is a volunteer at the hub, focused on peer mentoring. He said: “I have received training to work with service users.

“I have been volunteering since February and I can see peer mentoring is extremely important, together with all the group work we do.

“This is a safe haven from the outside.”

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