A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported BDP's Creative Communities' festive performance.

Merry Moot 2019 marked the first time all our Creative Communities joined together - featuring 30 members from across Rising Voices Recovery Choir, Step Ladder Drama Group and Bristol Recovery Orchestra, with decorations by Create Space Art Group. The free performance welcomed an audience of 80 people, including those affected by addiction, homelessness and isolation, as well as healthcare professionals and members of the public.

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The drama group were wonderful to watch, a funny and poignant piece. It was a beautiful thing to share songs and music with others in recovery or those affected by it, and have been inspired to reconnect with the musical part of me which I thought I'd lost!

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The performance would not have been possible without the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Unitarian Meeting Hall, Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Josephine Boswell, Joseph Branston and the many peers and volunteers who helped on the day.

We would also like to thank the many local businesses and business owners who donated prizes for our raffle, which included: Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Headwind Music, Yogafurie, Jamaica Street Stores, Poco Tapas Bar, Pie Minister, Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft, Jo Whiteland and Dina Bianchi.

The raffle has now been called. Thanks to everyone who entered and helped us raise £283 on the day. That's a total of £600 raised over 3 weeks through raffles, cake sales and donations! All money raised has gone to help fund the day's performance.

Creative Communities

The festive season can be a lonely time for adults affected by alcohol and other drugs. Our Creative Communities have been bringing adults together through creativity to help support their recovery. Our orchestra, choir, drama and arts groups provide safe and supportive environments for adults affected by alcohol and other drugs, to have fun, create and perform alongside people who have had similar experiences. Groups are open to adults with a willingness to learn a new creative skill, no matter their experience. Attending helps to increase feelings of connection and confidence and self-esteem, while reducing anxiety and depression.

2019 has seen our Creative Communities double in size, with the introduction of an orchestra in January and art group in November. In 2020 we look forward to welcoming our 50 plus social group into the family, providing them with more opportunities to get creative. Our Creative Communities will continue to provide a unique way for people to process their feelings and emotions around recovery without having to find the words to do so.

To find out more email [email protected] and [email protected] or call 0117 987 6011.

Merry Moot 2019