A group dedicated to helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction has celebrated its second birthday.

Roots Community marked its two-year anniversary with a special event at St Luke’s Church in Blackburn.

More than 150 people had the opportunity to connect, share their stories and celebrate the achievements of the last two years.

Roots Community is a forum for people in recovery, bringing together individuals affected by addiction and empowering them with opportunities

Funded by Blackburn with Darwen Council, Roots is part of the Calico Group's Spark Recovery Collaborative.

Team Leader Rolonde Bradshaw, who has worked with Roots since it started, took to the stage to share his own inspiring story and experience of recovery.

He was awarded a gold litter-picker to commemorate his contributions to the community.

Helen Bingley, the High Sheriff of Lancashire who attended the event, said: “Congratulations on the success of Roots.

"You’re showing the way for so many – Lancashire is so proud of you”.

Ivan Johnstone, one of the community’s lead volunteers, said: “I felt hopeless at the beginning of the year, now I’m a member of the community and that’s what counts. I’ve met so many other people in my position and I feel fulfilled.”

Many local charities and services joined too, including Brook, Spark, IMO (Inspire, Motivate, Overcome), Early Break, Narcotics Anonymous, Phoenix Hub, Sanctuary House, Beacon Counselling Trust, and Community CVS.