Hard-hitting art aims to help abusers

Wigan and Leigh drug and acohol recovery service user group have produced graphic artwork for the centre at Coops Building in Wigan. LTR Carol Marsh head of service, Coun Keith Cunliffe, course tutor David Beattie, members of the group who produced the artwrok Mark Swadkins and Matthew Page, and Wayne McGarrigan secretary of the service user group

Wigan and Leigh drug and acohol recovery service user group have produced graphic artwork for the centre at Coops Building in Wigan. LTR Carol Marsh head of service, Coun Keith Cunliffe, course tutor David Beattie, members of the group who produced the artwrok Mark Swadkins and Matthew Page, and Wayne McGarrigan secretary of the service user group

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FORMER substance abusers are working with Wigan students artists to produce a hard-hitting warning about the dangers of drugs and booze.

The service-user group from Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service is joining with students on a new poster campaign aimed at promoting a single point of contact number for services and “fighting the stigma” surrounding people battling such problems.

The service, part of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, provides ‘life changing treatment’ to more than 2,000 people each year with drug and alcohol problems living across the borough.

The designs, which were created and produced by Graphic Design Foundation Degree students from Wigan and Leigh College, were unveiled at Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, which is based in the Coops building.

The service user group called M.A.G.I.C - Mediation, Advice, Guidance, Involvement, Change - will use the students work to help improve promotional material for the group and treatment services provided by Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.

The chosen designs will be displayed on posters and leaflets and distributed around Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service’s premises, GP surgeries, health centres plus A and E departments in hospitals.

They will also be sent to local libraries, leisure centres, colleges and voluntary services in a bid to ensure they are widely seen.

Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service offers opportunities to not only recover from addictions to alcohol and drugs, but also find employment and housing by working in partnership with local organisations.

Help is offered to the individual as well as their family, friends and carers who are also affected.

The single point of contact freephone number for anyone seeking support for their drug and alcohol misuse is 0800 389 4463, and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Head of Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service Carol Marsh said: “We were really keen to involve the local college in developing the artwork with our service users, so that we could increase awareness about substance misuse and the students could help us to promote our services in new ways.

“We hope that by displaying these posters in our local community it will encourage people to think differently about people with substance misuse problems.

“We want to challenge attitudes so our service users believe they play an important part in society, which will aide their recovery.”