Fellowship Report & Findings

This blog is a record and report of my Winston Churchill traveling fellowship to the USA in 2010.
The purpose of my traveling fellowship was to look at Recovery and Recovery Advocacy in US cities and find out what lessons we in the UK might learn from them.

During my 35 days in the USA I was able to visit more than 40 recovery projects in 6 US cities.
The findings from my Fellowship are set out in this blog which incldues both a category and keyword search facility (see column on the right of this page)

Please do add your own posts and comments on any of the material in this blog report. Alternativley you can contacy me by e mail at peterjrainford@yahoo.co.uk

You are free to use any of the material on this blog and to share it with others. All I would ask that you aknowledge the source and mention the Churchill Fellowship. Thanks
I am extremely grateful to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for funding this project,
and to all the people and organisations in the UK and USA who helped to make it happen.
Thank You

Peter Rainford

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Plans for Alcohol Rehab Approved

Great News – Planning perrmission for Transforming Choice, a local CIC, to operate an alcohol detox and abstinence based residential rehab in the fromer Solna hotel in Sefton Park Liverpoo,l were approved by the Cioty Council Planning Committee earlier today.

Congratulations to Carol, John Donna and all the Transforming Choice team

A big Thanks You to all the local residents and people in recovery, families and allies who supported the campiagn and especisally to all those who came to the planning committee to put faces and voices to recovery in Liverpool.

The Councillors voted unanimously to approvee the plans and it was heartening to see supporters outnumber local objectors whose fears and misunderstandings Transforimng Choice will work hard to overcome in the weeks and months ahead.

This project is desperately need in Liverpool which ahs the UK’s 2nd highest rate of alcohol related hospitas admissions.

A great day for recovery THANK YOU

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You too could be a Churchill Fellow 2013 applications now open

Applications arec now open to all UK citizens over the age of 18 to apply for a 2013 Churchill Fellowship. http://www.wcmt.org.uk/
Watch the film clip below to find out more and please pass the message on to others who might benefit. Thanks

This year categories include Health, with a specific focus on Alcohol rleated issues, a new category of Prison Reform, and even an open category for projects which don’t fir the Trusts 13 specific categories.
So go for it and in Churchill’s famous maxim “Action this day!”
Please spread this information to anyone you think might benefit.

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Other Churchill Fellows who investigated addiction recovery

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies looked at Community & self help grass roots treatment & policy around addiction recovery in the USA.
You can read her blog on the website of the charity she helped to found It’s called Recovery Cymru. http://www.recoverycymru.org.uk/blogs.html

Wynford Ellis Owen, who I met whilst I was in the USA, looked into Non- clinical addiction recovery techniques in the USA. Here’s a link to his Fellowship report: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellowships/fellows-reports.html?option=com_reports&task=listReps&Itemid=13&rep_search=1&year=&cat=&country=&author=owen&phrase=Phrase
Wynford is Chief Exec of the Welsh council on Alcohol and other drugs: http://welshcouncil.org.uk/

Hope this is useful Please spread these links to anyone you think may find them useful. Thanks.

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Churchill Fellowship Awards Ceremony London 30th May 2012

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I was proud to be one of the Churchill Fellows presented with their Fellowship medallions at the 2012 awards ceremony at Church House Westminster on 30th May. I was also honoured to be presented with my award by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompsdon multi Partalympic gold medalist an inspirational figure and a personal heroine of mine.

You can see me pictured with my Churchill Fellowship Medallion, and chatting to Tanni after the ceremony.Official photo’s of the actual presentation ceremony to follow later.

It was great to meet other Churchill Fellows, including others who studied addiction Recovery. I’ll be sharing links to their reports later on this blog.

Churchill Fellowships are open to any UK adult to apply for. applications for travel in 2013 are now open. just vist http://www.wcmt.org.uk if you want to find out more and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

This was a proud day for me and it was great to be able to take my dad as my guest. Here he is enjoying some London sightseeing

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Off to London for Award Ceremony

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Off to London this afternoon, with my dad as my guest, ready for the Churchill Fellowship awards ceremony tomorrow morning in Church House Westminster. Looking forward to being presented with my Churchill Medallion by Dame Tanni Gray-Thompson multi gold medal Paralympian, and a pesonal heroine of mine.

Thank you to everyone here and in the USAl who made my journey possible, and please keep using the results of my fellowship, and this blog, to influence the future of Recovery for addicts in the Uk.

With love and gratitude- Peter

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Fellowship Report & Findings

This blog is a record and report of my Winston Churchill traveling fellowship to the USA in 2010.
The purpose of my traveling fellowship was to look at Recovery and Recovery Advocacy in US cities and find out what lessons we in the UK might learn from them.

During my 35 days in the USA I was able to visit more than 40 recovery projects in 6 US cities.
The findings from my Fellowship are set out in this blog which incldues both a category and keyword search facility (see column on the right of this page)

Please do add your own posts and comments on any of the material in this blog report. Alternativley you can contacy me by e mail at peterjrainford@yahoo.co.uk

You are free to use any of the material on this blog and to share it with others. All I would ask that you aknowledge the source and mention the Churchill Fellowship. Thanks
I am extremely grateful to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for funding this project,
and to all the people and organisations in the UK and USA who helped to make it happen.
Thank You

Peter Rainford

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