Unsung hero wins award

AWARD: David Higham

AWARD: David Higham

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A recovering addict and an ex-offender who spent 30 years in and out of prison has received an unsung hero award for his work helping people get off drugs and alcohol.

David Higham, chief executive of The Well, which provides abstinence based support through its social club, recovery programmes and housing project, received his accolade at the No Offence! Redemption and Justice awards.

He also came runner up for the award of No Offence! Inspirational person award.

Davidsaid: “It’s good but it’s not all about me. I want to showcase that people no longer have to suffer a life of addiction, prison and abuse.

“I just want to reach everyone and be a lighthouse or a beacon to break free from addiction.”

“Eleven years ago I was in Lancaster Castle prison and I joined the recovery programme.

“But when I got out of prison I tried to access local services but I found they weren’t there when I needed them the most - at evenings and weekends.

“In 2012 I developed The Well as a social club for people in recovery and their families based in Lancaster.

The purpose was to provide a safe abstinence based environment for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their families, to come together for mutual support through social involvement.

“The Well has now provides services at More Music in Morecambe, Lancaster Boys and Girls Club and in Barrow. I have used my skills to help people out of the criminal justice system and on the road to recovery.

“The Well goes out to people in the community and The Well is here to help.”

The Well has helped set up the UK’s first recovery church, which has services once a month at More Music in Morecambe.

The next service is on December 27 for all people in recovery and their family members. Visit thewellcommunities.co.uk.