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R+ Nacoa Recovery Awards

We are very proud to announce that, alongside Recovery Plus, Nacoa will be hosting the Recovery Awards Dinner 2017. The elegant ceremony will take place on the 26th June at the wonderful Gladstone Library in Whitehall, London.

Every ticket includes dinner and drinks, which will be accompanied by music and entertainment. Plus a charity auction, with loads of wonderful prizes to be won.

The Black Tie event is in association with DB Resources Conference at Horse Guards 26th and 27th June, although everyone is welcome. We will be celebrating the phenomenal work of those helping people suffering from their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol problems.

Awards this year will include categories such as peer recovery champion, lawyer of the decade, addiction therapist of the year, and more. The awards will recognise, celebrate and encourage the lifesaving but under-recognised vocation of dedicated workers and, in so doing, help to remove stigma around problems faced by those affected by addiction.

Anyone can be nominated for an award, and entering somebody is completely free. If you would like to nominate someone for an award, you can find the nomination form by clicking here.

Booking your place, or table, is easy. Just go to the Recovery Awards Dinner website here to book your early bird ticket. You can either click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://events.recoveryplusdb.com/recovery-awards-dinner/


A letter below from Chief Executive, Hilary Henriques MBE,

‘Since 1990 Nacoa has valued the commitment and dedication of volunteers who provide helpline services making them freely given by people who truly care. Care and compassion freely given is priceless, especially for our callers whose lives are often full of the lack of the little things which are essential to us all. Nacoa can help to fill the gap.

‘In 2002 our first Volunteer of the Year was Katy Lobley who went on to become a clinical psychologist and have three beautiful children. In those days working with student volunteers was challenging knowing that after three years they would move onto pastures new once they’d finished their degrees. Many have stayed in touch and credit their experience at Nacoa as one which changed their lives. And they changed us.

‘The past eighteen months have been extraordinary. In 2015, The Right Honourable Liam Byrne walked into the Nacoa office and left pledging his help and support for children affected by a parent’s drinking. He established an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics, engaged cross-party support and, in 2017, launched the first Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics in the world which attracted commendation from UNICEF. Our callers are now the top of the alcohol harm agenda and a priority for Public Health England.

‘At the beginning of this extraordinary time Liam wanted to create a better world for children affected by a parent’s drinking and asked us to talk properly about alcohol problems. And dreams come true, the world is listening to the hitherto silent voices and there is a new national dialogue committed to change.

‘To acknowledge this seismic shift, Michelle Nadler, our Chair of Trustees made it possible for us to hold our Volunteers Awards Dinner at Royal Horseguards, next door to the Palace of Westminster where so many MPs and Lords have supported our work.

‘This year’s awards are:

New Volunteer of the Year

Upfest Volunteer of the Year

Long Service Award

Maya Parker Award

Outstanding Achievement

Volunteer of the Year

‘And the winners are … join us on 26 June to find out!’