On Friday I will be at the opening of one of Cyrenians newest services – Pre- Sync 27 in George Street, Bathgate. Pre -Sync 27 is a fully functioning peer-led community facility, which provides a safe space for individuals who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The facility is part of the addiction recovery services of Cyrenians, where we walk with people seeking positive routes out of active addiction.
This will be a peer-led community facility. This is core to our way of working. We know that the most powerful inspirers of change for those in tough places are people with “lived experience” of that tough reality. By “lived experience” we mean: “been there and returned”. What we do is turn that “lived experience” into an opportunity to help others.
Pre-Sync 27 will be a place where a new community can be grown and nourished. There will be opportunities for individuals to access volunteering and further education, whilst engaging in other meaningful activities, which may lead people towards employment.
These types of activities will be done in partnership with other statutory and voluntary sector agencies, whilst strengthening existing links within the communities of West Lothian.
We know that the “lived experience” shared by our Peer supporters and volunteers will provide real credibility to the work of Pre-Sync 27, and be crucial in any future successes for those individuals on their journey of change. The members of Pre-Sync 27 will continue to make real life connections in their local community and therefore seek to challenge the stigma of substance misuse & addiction, whilst delivering a strong message that “Recovery can happen”.
I will be there to support and to encourage, to celebrate and to learn, but it’s one of those times where although I know what we are doing really is a good thing (lives will be changed) the truth is, my role here is to take a step back and let the real experts lead the way.