Rotherham Recovery Panel 

11th May 2024
11.30am - 12.15pm
High Street Stage

Don’t miss the Rotherham Recovery Panel, led by Karen Shimwell, Recovery Programme Manager, alongside Joanne Finnie, Rachel Moss, and Lauren Williams, each sharing their unique journeys and insights into recovery, resilience, and support in Rotherham.  

Rotherham Recovery Community are a community-based network for those in recovery from addiction, their carers, partners, families, friends and communities. The Recovery Community is backed by a national programme – BRIC (Building Recovery in Communities) – and includes a large number of women in recovery.  

Meet the Speakers: 

The host of the panel is Karen Shimwell, the Recovery Programme Manager, building the network and bringing people together with wit and integrity. Karen has a thirty-five-year history of work in the addictions field and now brings her ‘lived experience’ to this most recent role. 

Joanne Finnie is a Recovery Champion, representing recovery in Rotherham after her own dramatic recovery journey, spreading her energy and recovery joy in voluntary roles supporting teenagers and young women to build resilience and confidence, and women experiencing addiction to regain control and self-esteem. 

Rachel Moss is Recovery Champion working at ROADS, the addiction treatment service, effortlessly combining the dual role with her own recovery journey and ‘lived experience’ whilst being the mainstay of the Recovery Community, as it develops. 

Lauren Williams works to represent mothers with children and families, also offering haircuts, warmth and support to those in recovery on the side, at her Pop-Up Recovery Salon. An expert barber, Lauren opened a salon just before lockdown and has taken the blows and losses of Covid in her stride, with her own compelling recovery story.  

If you would like to get involved in the festival- we’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to get involved in the festival- we’d love to hear from you!

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