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KEEP ON MOVING: ThE 12Th DDN cONfErENcE Voices ‘A national network could push things forward in every area. We would be happy to support it.’ DDN would like to say a big thank you Niamh Eastwood, Release to everyone who supported ‘Keep on Moving’! Our sponsors – Camurus, Martindale Pharma, Nal Von Minden and PHE. All of the organisations who exhibited and supported delegates’ attendance. All of our excellent speakers and panellists, and debate chair Carole Sharma. Nigel Brunsdon – www.nigelbrunsdon.com – for his photography. Paolo Sedazzari for filming the event – see the films at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Our volunteers – the teams from Changes UK Recovery Academy and CGL Coventry, Lee Collingham and Marcus Wolf. Samantha Lofthouse and Lois Skilleter of Earthereal of Yorkshire for taster therapies. … and all of our wonderful delegates. See you next year! Reflections on the DDN conference Here we are at the DDN conference at the Build on Belief stand – Linda Rose and Rob Demacque, managers from Ealing. We were there with the new BoB IOS (Information, Opportunities, Support) phone. This was used to show many of the activities we engage in at BoB in Ealing and at our other projects. We had enormous fun meeting other service providers and getting to know about them and what 20 | drinkanddrugsnews | March 2019 ‘We talk about empowering people, but we expect service users to come and give the information for nothing, at their own expense. People in government wouldn’t go to work if they weren’t being paid, but for peers that’s what’s expected.’ Lee Collingham, delegate is on offer for those with drug and alcohol issues. As the theme of the conference was ‘Keep on Moving’, we discussed how service users can have a collective voice, be heard, and more importantly be listened to about what is needed from services to help recovery. Unfortunately funding is always an issue and is not going to improve any time soon, so the opportunity to get ideas and swap tips was invaluable. We both came back buzzing with new ideas to enhance our service in Ealing. Linda Rose and Rob Demacque, managers, Build on Belief Ealing This was my first ever DDN conference and I really enjoyed it. It was so interesting meeting other services across the country and getting an insight into what they do. The panel discussion was brilliant and the lunch after was really good. All in all it was a great day out from start to finish and I would definitely like to come again. I think the highlight for me was learning about the Recovery Street Film Festival in September, to which I hope to organise a day trip with service users. Sam Taylor, service manager, Build on Belief Harrow www.drinkanddrugsnews.com