The Roots Community gathered once again for their monthly forum at Sacred Heart & St Edward’s in Darwen. The event, aimed at connecting and sharing experiences, featured a range of impactful presentations and discussions.
The forum commenced with networking and introductions, setting the stage for a day of insightful conversations. The event began by highlighting the remarkable work being done by “Changing Futures” and their navigators in the local area. Attendees learned about the referral process and the essential services they provide to the community.
One of the standout moments came from Fred, who bravely shared his personal journey of overcoming addiction. His story of transformation and life in recovery resonated deeply with the audience, leaving a lasting impression of courage and inspiration.
The Community Asset Fund also played a significant role in the day’s proceedings. An application from Offload Northwest was not only successful but also garnered the support of the attendees through a vote. This partnership promises to contribute positively to the local community.
During the lunch break, attendees enjoyed a delightful buffet which was enjoyed by everyone. The gathering continued with an open mic session where members had the opportunity to voice their opinions on how to enhance services in Blackburn and Darwen. Responding to previous feedback, the forum organizers held the August session in Darwen, ensuring more inclusivity for the local community.
The expert panel discussion centred on behaviours, addressing numerous questions and encouraging active participation from all attendees. This engaging session aimed to provide valuable insights into understanding and addressing various aspects of human behaviour.
The second lived experience share was presented by Sarah, who shared her journey from life before recovery to her transformed and fulfilling life today. She also shed light on the essential work carried out by the Lancashire User Forum (LUF) in the surrounding areas. LUF, the sister organization of the Roots forum, is one of the largest forums in the UK, dedicated to supporting individuals on their recovery journeys.
The event concluded on a high note with a raffle and the distribution of prizes, further fostering a sense of community and collaboration among attendees. The Roots Community Forum continues to be a vital platform for sharing stories, experiences, and initiatives that positively impact the local community in Blackburn and Darwen.