A new support programme for adults in recovery has been launched in Dundee.
The Tackling Recovery initiative, by Hillcrest Futures and Dundee United Community Trust (DUCT), will support people aged 16 and over recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
It offers to people actively in recovery weekly sport and wellbeing sessions, as well as helping with the first steps.
Coaches from DUCT will run football and sporting activities to encourage attendees to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
The sessions will also consist of various recovery-focused workshops and personal development classes facilitated by Hillcrest Futures staff.
Participants will receive further support when they have completed the eight-week programme.
The sessions are free to people of all fitness levels and abilities and will take place at Gussie Park in Tannadice Street.
Hillcrest Futures’ managing director Joy Dunlop, said: “The programme will give attendees the chance to meet others in a similar situation and give them the opportunity to share experiences with one another.
“The aim is not only to raise awareness and break down stigma associated with recovery, but also to encourage people to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle.”
Jamie Kirk, DUCT’s head of operations, said supporting addicts with physical exercise classes can make a difference with their road to recovery.
He said: “I’m really pleased that we are working with Hillcrest Futures to provide some support to those in recovery.
“Inclusion in every sense of the word is important to us and we believe that adding sport and physical activity to the support structures already in place can make a big difference.
“We’re really excited for the project to start and can’t wait to see where it evolves.”
Tackling Recovery will run from November 1 to December 20 but plans are in the works to continue the initiative next year.
To find out more about Tackling Recovery and how to get involved, email Paul Prior at PPrior@hillcrestfutures.org.uk or call 01382 200532.