One of the important aims of our Recovery Voices initiative is to learn from recovery communities and promote their work. We have set up website pages for three recovery communities, each community taking a different form to the others.
North Wales Recovery Communities (NWRC), located in Bangor, was founded by James Deakin in 2014. NWRC comprises a number of communities, including a residential rehab at Penrhyn House, Growing for Change, with its gardens and allotments, and Bwyd Da Bangor (Good Food Bangor), a community cafe/restaurant that provides the best food on the High Street. Penrhyn House offers space for various mutual aid groups from outside to operate, and a range of social and physical activities. A major fundamental principle of NWRC is service to the local community and further afield.
The NWRC community page includes the following: a brief summary of the community; the film Recovery Expedition, made by Eternal Media, which focused on a week-long trek in Snowdonia by NWRC members; a NWRC photographic slideshow; quotes from NWRC members about their recovery (Our Voices), and a playlist of films in which NWRC members were involved.
In addition, we have included links to various films of James Deakin talking in separate interviews to Wulf and David about NWRC, as well as Wulf talking about NWRC to David. The former has had a close relationship with James and NWRC throughout the lifetime of the community. These films are organised into four sections: Development of NWRC; Our Key Principles; Acts of Service, and Odds and Sods. The 21 films relating to NWRC run for over two hours. Plenty to get your teeth into!