Friday 29th November saw the 2019 Spirit of Recovery Awards take place, hosted by Cafe Sobar, our social enterprise in Nottingham.

As ever, this was a heart-warming and moving event, giving the opportunity for us to recognise the incredible work done in our local communities of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to support recovery form addictions.

We were honoured to have Lilian Greenwood and the Sheriff of Nottingham attend, but the real stars of the event were, of course, the recipients of the awards,

Categories celebrated both individual, team and organisational achievements and included Mentor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Extraordinary Achievement, Going the Extra Mile, Trailblazer and Community Champion.

The Health Shop won the Partnership award, Framework’s Edwin House won the Employment champion award,¬† the Nottinghamshire Academy the Recovery Team award, Sobar Social collective won the Community award, Something For The Weekend Notts won the Trailblazer award, and the Going the Extra Mile Team award was won by the Cafe Sobar kitchen crew.

The Lifetime Achievement award was won by Dr Ira Unell, who is currently the charity’s Chair.

The audience were both moved and entertained by the stories of our four guest speakers, who generously shared their personal experiences of recovery.

Graham Miller, CEO, highlighted the amazing work being done in Double Impact’s various projects and used the event as an opportunity to launch a new fundraising programme for 2020, with a range of challenge events suited to every ambition.,. alongside the hashtag #weallknowsomeone, which will be used throughout 2020 to promote the message that addiction¬† affects many lives and should not be stigmatised.

It was also announced that there will be a Spirit of Recovery Awards for Lincolnshire in March 2020.


The event was generously sponsored by Steps Together Rehab, Keith Willis Associates, Smellie Savage and The Treat Kitchen.

For more photos of the event please visit our Facebook page.


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