shmu awarded funding for new Making Recovery Visible project after vote

Project will see new creative programme for adults in recovery community

shmu have recently been awarded funding to launch a new project - Making Recovery Visible - after a public vote.

Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership (ADP) Locality Improvement Fund allocated a total of £50,000 in Aberdeen to focus on reducing the harm caused by alcohol and drug use.

A number of projects were proposed, and the Aberdeen community were asked to vote for their preferred options - Making Recovery Visible was one of the projects chosen, and a share of the funding will be used to finance the year-long project.

Making Recovery Visible will create a brand new creative and peer-led programme for adults affected by problematic substance use & addictive behaviour, as well as those on a 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. 

The project will highlight the power of stories and storytelling and the role they can play in recovery, in forming and maintaining human connection, and in reflecting on and reframing what we think about ourselves and our communities. 

shmu will be working in partnership with Aberdeen in Recovery and Alcohol and Drugs Action to deliver the project, which is due to launch over the summer.

Our Adult Engagement Manager, Kirsteen Caldwell said “I’m so excited we received the funding for this project and can’t wait to get it up and running over the summer. We have a really good partnership with Aberdeen in Recovery and Alcohol and Drugs Action, and we have the community behind us, so I know it’s going to be a great project!’

Read more about the project (and the others that were funded) here.