Award-winning peer mentor celebrated at Recovery Walk

Recovery Walk group photo

Recovery Walk participants

Around 50 people including the Mayor of Tower Hamlets gathered in Mile End on Friday 13 September to take part in the Recovery Walk, run by Tower Hamlets Council and Reset Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services.

The annual event invites people who have recovered or are recovering from alcohol or drug addiction to join staff on a walk from Mile End to Whitechapel. The Recovery Walk aims to make their journey visible and celebrate those who have gone through recovery.

Junaid Khan, a peer mentor for the drugs charity Providence Row also took part in the walk. His film The Beast Inside Me won first place in the Recovery Street Film Festival, a prestigious national documentary competition which aims to empower people affected by addiction through film and storytelling.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I want to congratulate Junaid for this incredible achievement. The Recovery Walk is all about celebrating the commitment and drive from individuals going through treatment of substance dependence. This documentary has managed to capture this perfectly. We are proud to provide a support system that will help residents beat their addiction safely and integrate those affected back into the community.”

Following the walk, participants gathered for a special screening of the film, which chronicles Junaid’s own inspiring story of recovery and his experiences helping others with addiction to make positive changes. 

Junaid Khan said: “It’s incredibly humbling to win this award and I hope that it helps people realise that they are not alone. Showing that recovery is possible is so important and really helps to tackle the stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction. It’s fantastic that events like the Recovery Walk exist and give everyone the opportunity to come together to celebrate and learn from each other.”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet member for Adults Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Recovery Walk is such an emotional and uplifting event and ensures that recovery is more visible in the community. We hope that anyone who might be struggling themselves can see that recovery really is possible with the right help and support.”

The council is committed to ensuring everyone in the borough has access to the treatment they need. In 2018/19 more than 2,000 residents were treated for drug and / or alcohol related problems.

The council’s Reset service not only helps individuals and families through addiction but also supports people to seek out training and employment opportunities to help them recover and progress.

Further information about Reset can be found on the council’s website.  Junaid Khan’s documentary The Beast Inside Meis viewable on YouTube.

Posted on Thursday 19th September 2019