RISE and Write to Freedom Film Premiere

On Thursday 17th November a mini documentary about RISE Recovery and Write to Freedom’s partnership was premiered at a special event where Peer Mentors shared how this exciting partnership had really helped them in their recovery.

The film, which can be viewed below, tells the story of our work with Write to Freedom who offered learning and development opportunities for RISE Recovery Peer Supporters in spring 2016.

This work centred around a residential on Dartmoor where mentors and staff came together to immerse themselves in the landscape, create a new tribe and work closely with a mythical story written specifically for the course. Through a series of gently challenging activities and processes, they connected to hidden or forgotten personal strengths to help take them forward. This helped to make decisions around the changes they wanted to see happen in their lives and take the next key steps in their recovery.


Write to Freedom continues to meet regularly with RISE peer mentors on the moors. The focus of each outdoor session is to continue to find nourishment and inspiration from the land and each other.

At the film screening a number of the peer mentors who took part spoke about how being involved in this work had made profound changes in their lives and how they are keen to continue working with Write to Freedom to offer this experience to other peer mentors working with RISE Recovery.

RISE Recovery and Write to Freedom plan to continue working together with the next group of peer mentors taking part in a residential in Spring 2017.

Write to Freedom works with nature connection, personal story and building community to help individuals experience and see themselves in a new way; supporting their personal and professional development for happier stronger lives. Find out more about Write to Freedom at http://writetofreedom.org.uk/.

RISE Recovery and Integration Service is a recovery orientated drug and alcohol service delivered across Devon county by a partnership of Addaction and EDP Drug & Alcohol Services. Find out more at www.riserecovery.org.uk.

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