Noreen Oliver 1960-2023
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 Oliver MBE receives Honorary Doctor of Letters
Noreen Oliver MBE Founder and Managing Director of BAC is to receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters at Staffordshire University’s Autumn Awards.
Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons Community Award
The O’Connor Gateway Trust were delighted to receive an award from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons at their Community Awards last night.
We are delighted to share that four of our volunteers have been shortlisted for an INSIGHT Award!!!
The Halo Garden was created by Air Arts in 2023 working in partnership with landscape architects erz.
Remembrance and Hope
In honour of #recoverymonth we had the honour of attending a service held by chase recovery about Remembrance and Hope.
In response to the recent developments concerning Russell Brand, BAC & O’Connor Gateway Trust has issued a statement confirming the termination of our association with him.
The focus of our services is and will always continue to be the client’s treatment and the services we offer. We have already made a statement yesterday to say to we have severed all ties with Russell Brand. We will be making no further comment. Our team is actively engaged in the task of removing all mentions of Russell Brand from our website.
Langan’s Tea Room Good Food Award
We are proud to announce that we have won the Good Food Award for a third consecutive time.
Straw Bale Cafe Relaunch
We have officially re-launched The Straw Bale Café at Greenslate Community Farm.
Staffordshire Recoverfest 2023
We are delighted to announce that Staffordshire Recoverfest 2023, our much-anticipated event aimed at promoting recovery and well-being, was an incredible success!
Coventry CGL Event
Attended alongside other providers of detoxification and rehabilitation service providers from across England and Wales, we were delighted to introduce ourselves, take enquiries and network with managers from Change Grow Live throughout the ‘Road to Recovery Day’ event Coventry Change Grow Live offices. Altogether a busy and productive day for Kyle, M, Marius and Janet.
This brand new group exhibition celebrates the power of clay and creativity to support drug and alcohol addiction recovery. The exhibition brings together work by 20 individuals who have been part of Recast, a collaboration between the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) and Stoke Recovery Service.
Carers Event – Caring in the Community
We joined the Carers Network of UHDB, as they hosted an event to celebrate
Carers Week 2023. We took a few people in recovery and set a stall for people to come ask questions.
This year’s theme for Carers Week is Caring in the Community’ This was an exciting opportunity for Carers and the person(s) they care for to get out, meet others and access valuable information and support.
The BAC recently teamed up with Derby University to create a series of videos to show what the BAC does and what rehab entails with us. Our very own Noreen and staff sat down and spoke through their responsibilities and roles in the BAC. Graduates and family members also spoke about their experiences and how the BAC helped. These videos are accessible for everyone and are for educational purposes, so if you’re interested in fighting your addiction, soon to be joining rehab, or have a family member struggling with addiction or in rehab, these videos will help. These videos show step-by step from entering the centre all the way through recovery and life after rehab. We would like to thank Derby University for giving us this opportunity.
Alcohol consumption in Scotland
Alcohol sales data is widely regarded as offering the most accurate means of estimating population-level alcohol consumption. Public Health Scotland uses retail sales data as part of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme and has published two reports examining the data.
Read more here.
Drive to get offenders drug-free and cut crime