Addaction’s Blackpool Fulfilling Lives (BFL), funded by the Big Lottery, was showcased to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the town yesterday.
Ian Treasure, Partnership Manager for BFL said: “The Duke and Duchess showed real interest in our project, and also the work of partner agencies in Blackpool. The questions they asked and comments made demonstrated real insight and genuine concern.”
Following the workshop, which included lived experience stories on recovery in the town, the royal couple were presented with a copy of the BFL evaluation report. BFL service user Jay, spoke about his experiences and the help he received from Addaction.
“A year ago I was just out of prison and sleeping in a toilet, and here I am a year later speaking to the Duke and Duchess. Fulfilling Lives have given me a chance, and a second chance.”
In response the Duke asked “what was the moment that you think helped you the most?”
Jay said: “I was feeling scared of the future, and my worker gave me a hug. That was the moment I knew these people would help me. They have saved my life."
In closing the Duke said to those who had shared their recovery stories “We are really proud of you guys.”
Photo: Ian Treasure (far left) talks to the royal couple as part of a partnership workshop on Multiple Complex Needs. Photo: Kensington Palace