We employ two dedicated Recovery Development Workers who are professionally qualified and who have lived experience of having a substance misuse problem. Their job, as community development workers for the Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC), is to turn the aspiration of recovery into tangible and meaningful achievements for individuals and families affected by substance misuse.
The FVRC is a community of people committed to making recovery happen in Forth Valley. Anyone can attend any FVRC events, provided that they are clean and sober on the day of the event. The events are run by volunteers who are in recovery.
There are currently four local recovery cafes that are alcohol and drug free venues where people can socialise, enjoy some home baking and cooking and participate in leisure, sporting and recreational opportunities with access to 12 step fellowship and SMART meetings
The cafes are open at the following times:
- Alloa Café: Monday 4pm to 9pm at 2 The Gate, Ludgate, Alloa, FK10 2DR
- Stenhousemuir: Café Wednesday 1:30pm to 4:30 pm at the Tryst Community Education Centre, Stenhousemuir
- Stirling Recovery Café: Friday1pm to 6pm at the Ochil Community Centre, Ochil Crescent, Raploch, Stirling, FK8 1QJ
- Falkirk Recovery Café: Saturday 10:30 – 3pm at 32 Vicar Street, Falkirk FK1 1JB
There are also recovery ramblers walking groups in Falkirk and Stirling.
Peer supporters are people who have achieved at least one year’s stability in their substance misuse and who are recruited, trained and deployed to volunteer alongside staff in different substance misuse services across Forth Valley. Peer supporting can be an important motivational opportunity for many service users who are seeking to pursue a career in social care, health care community work or substance misuse.