Step Together is proud to have contributed to People Powered Recovery, a report published today by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis.
The report says that services for people with complex issues, such as addiction combined with mental health problems, could be transformed through social action.
Addiction and mental illness are still hugely stigmatised with people frequently not receiving the support they need because services are often focused on problems, not on individuals.
However, People Powered Recovery documents examples from around the UK of how a difference can be made by ‘people power’ where individuals come together to support others. This includes community cafes where people recovering from substance misuse can feel safe, or GP-led wellbeing centres staffed by individuals who can draw on their own life experience.
The report from the cross-party parliamentary committee is based on evidence submitted by more than 40 charities and other organisations including Step Together Volunteering, Women’s Aid, St Giles Trust, Turning Point and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Step Together provided evidence on the benefits our clients get from volunteering, such as the development of social and emotional capabilities, being able to make contributions to society and self-worth. Many of our clients need intensive support and are not ready for work, so volunteering is a good ‘first step’. Our experience shows the progress and valuable softer outcomes that can be achieved.