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Community / Walk to celebrate recovery

A WALK is taking place in Lerwick this weekend to celebrate recovery from alcohol or substance use.

The one-mile walk will kick off at the Recovery Hub on Lerwick’s Pitt Lane at 2pm on Saturday.

The recovery hub in Pitt Lane.

It is expected to take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and participants are invited for tea, coffee and tabnabs afterwards at the hub.

Recovery Hub and Community Network project manager Amanda Pearson said the walk, which is in its second year, is about “celebrating recovery”.

She said it also aims to stamp out stigma.

September is recovery month, which is a chance to celebrate and support recovery in all its forms.

Pearson said the walk is “open to anybody that cares about recovery, that cares about people who use substances, or has been lost due to their substance use”.

“As part of it we will remember the people that are not with us anymore as well,” she said.

“But mostly it’s about having fun and celebrating and raising awareness of the issues affecting people in our community and the stigma that they have to experience.”

Pearson said this includes community stigma, institutionalised stigma and “self-stigma”.

The walk starts at Pitt Lane and then goes along Breiwick Road, along King Harald Street and up to the Town Hall, and it will also involve the Bigton Samba Band.

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