A NEW partnership to help people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction has been launched.

The scheme called 'Spark' for Blackburn and Darwen borough to support people struggling with substance abuse and booze was launched at a glittering event at The Grand Venue in Blackburn.

The service combines specialist drug and alcohol services with health, housing and community groups.

It aims to provide a joined-up service that supports people of all ages and backgrounds to recover benefitting them, their families and the wider community.

The Blackburn with Darwen Recovery Collaborative and Roots Community Launch Event featured speakers including Council Leader Cllr Phil Riley, service users talking about their recovery journey with the service and the Mayor of Blackburn, Cllr Suleman Khonat, and Mayoress Mrs Sumayya Mayat.

This was followed by a showcase of local talent, including a performance from the award-winning Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband created a new artwork live during the event.

Spark has been set up as a collaborative partnership between The Calico Group, Red Rose Recovery, IMO Charity, Early Break and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Abdul Razaq, Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health, said: “This is an exemplary partnership and positive collaboration that is committed to helping our residents who need support, advice and inspiration in turning around their lives.

"Addiction can affect anyone at any part of their lives and a partnership like this is so important as it really demonstrates that no one is alone in this journey and recovery is something that is a true community effort."

Tom Woodcock, director of treatment and recovery at The Calico Group, said: "The Spark Recovery Collaborative is an inclusive approach to improving the health of some of the most marginalised people in our communities."

Spark is based at St Johns Court, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn, and Café Hub, Foundry Street, Darwen It can be contacted on 01254 495014.