Meet our team!
Drug and Alcohol/Dual Diagnosis Engagement Facilitator
“KC works for the Service User Network (SUN Network) where he gets the privilege to hear people across the county share their stories of addiction and recovery while listening to feedback about services. KC is very proud to be part of Addiction Recovery Stories, amplifying the sometimes heart-breaking voice of those experiencing addiction as well as the hope and inspiration of recovery. He’s married to Lucy and lives in Cambridge where they are enjoying the new adventure of being ‘empty nesters’ as their three adults sons are living in Sheffield, Brighton and South Wales.”
Service user rep
I am a Service User rep at Huntingdon. I am 58 years old and have issues around substance abuse all my adult life. I have been in recovery for about two and a half years and have been volunteering since the end of last year. I enjoy working with people and putting so many years of learned experience to good use.
Creative Arts and Wellbeing Coach
I’m Emma and I’m the Creative Arts and Wellbeing Coach for the Recovery Service at CGL. I teach and help facilitate the creative arts within the service, promoting the positive ways creativity can help and support our wellbeing. Having worked within mental health and taught art for over ten years, this is something I feel very passionate about and have seen first-hand the ways in which the creative arts can impact our health. As well as art, I love being around nature and animals, listening to music and watching films.
I am Sam Marchant and I am a volunteer peer mentor. I have lived experiences in and out of recovery and I am very keen to help and pass on the knowledge I have gained throughout my own experiences.
Be Active Wellbeing Coach
My name is Gracie and my role at CGL is as the Be Active Wellbeing Coach. I teach mindfulness and yoga classes, and coach on wellbeing topics such as sleep, nutrition and emotional health. I’ve been practising yoga for 10 years and teaching for 5. I love coffee, travelling and watching Louis Theroux documentaries!
Community development worker
Hello and welcome to the recovery service! I am Bex Poyser community development worker for the Recovery service and Change Grow Live, part of my role is to recruit, train, and support our amazing volunteers, which I can say is an absolute pleasure! I have been working in health and social care 99% of my working life ( a part from working in retail in my VERY young years) and it’s safe to say I have moved around service’s like there was no tomorrow. But nothing quite held my attention like mental health and substance misuse services, and here I am some 13ish year later. I am fiercely proud of our team, they are the best human beings to ever walk the planet, I am constantly amazed by how hard working, dedicated and talented they all are. We could never do what we do, or are planning on doing with out them, for that I am very grateful for all they do for us and our members/clients. Welcome to the service, come say hi when you next see us 😊
Community Development Manager
I am Tracy Thompson and I’m the Community Development Manager for CGL and lead on the creation and development of the Cambridgeshire Recovery Service. I have worked in substance misuse for over 15 years and within the mental health service for 20 years. I started working for The Terrance Higgins Trust in the late 80s and for many years volunteered for them and Women’s Aid. I have also mentored groups of LGBT youth and am proud that I am still in contact with over 20 of these men decades after the mentoring scheme folded. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and am god mum a few times over. I believe very strongly in the ability of people to change their lives and circumstances with the right encouragement and guidance. I also believe in the strength of lived experience. Peers, volunteers and staff with lived experience allows people to connect on a fundamental basis. It is wonderful to witness people grow in confidence within the volunteer service, utilising skills they thought they had lost or never had, sharing experiences and encouraging their Peers. This is the heart of the Recovery Service. Respect, Confidence and Encouragement. Welcome to the service and I look forward to meeting you.
For years, I've been in pain. And for years, I'd been prescribed opioids. I may never be able to rid myself of the pain, but I've rid myself of the opioids. Change is possible with the right support. I'm here to help.