It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Founder & Managing Director, Noreen Oliver MBE, Hon.DLit, who passed away on December 16, 2023, at the age of 63. Noreen was a passionate advocate for drug and alcohol policy reform, dedicating 25 years of her life to the relentless pursuit of positive change within the drug and alcohol community.
Noreen’s unwavering commitment to her cause was truly remarkable. She fearlessly challenged politicians, tirelessly pushing for reform and improvement in every corner possible. In 1998, she established the BAC with just two rooms in Burton-on-Trent and a mission to make a meaningful impact. Today, the BAC boasts over 70 beds providing detoxification, residential rehabilitation and recovery housing and operates community services nationwide, a testament to Noreen’s unwavering commitment.
In 2010, she expanded her reach by opening Langan’s Tea Room, a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for those in recovery. Additionally, she founded the Recovery Group UK (RGUK), an alliance uniting academics, rehabilitation service providers, and organisations dedicated to addressing drug and alcohol-related issues. Noreen was also a Director on the Centre for Social Justice and was as recently as November 2023 awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University.
While Noreen’s list of accolades is extensive, her most significant achievement lies in the countless lives she saved and the enduring impact she made. Noreen will be remembered as a kind and loving woman who selflessly embarked on a mission to make a difference, a mission she fulfilled thousands of times over. We are honoured to have been a part of her journey.
As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual, we also take this time to reflect on Noreen’s remarkable life. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. At the BAC, we are committed to carrying on Noreen’s legacy, supporting individuals on their journey to recovery. However, it is undeniable that the BAC will never be the same without her. Noreen’s spirit will continue to guide us as we strive to make a difference, just as she did throughout her inspiring life. We mourn the loss of an inspirational leader and advocate.
A book of condolence will be in reception at BAC for anyone who wishes to sign it from Thursday 21st December and further details of Noreen’s funeral will be posted in due course.
If you could please respect Tony’s need for privacy at the current time and if you wish to send him a message please send it directly to BAC who will pass this on.
Rest in peace Noreen.