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Adfam Volunteer of the Year 2016 Winner

11 Jan 2017

James Hill receiving his award from the BBC Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair.

Congratulations to James Hill who has been awarded Adfam Volunteer of the Year 2016 in recognition of his crucial role at Adfam in raising awareness of the impact of addiction on families. He was presented with the award at Adfam’s Carol Concert at the start of December.

James witnessed his son’s struggles with addiction which had a devastating effect on his whole family. He felt desperate, not knowing where to turn. James found himself at a place he never thought he would have to visit: Change Grow Live, a substance misuse treatment service in Woolwich. It was here he joined the support group “Taking Steps” for families affected by drug or alcohol use. That day James and his wife began their own recovery journey.

James then wanted to share this new found recovery with other family members he knew only too well were struggling to cope. He trained as an Adfam Family Recovery Champion and has since gone from strength to strength to become a vital member of the peer mentor team.

James is an inspiring role model to both service users and family members at Change Grow Live which he visits regularly to provide a listening ear to families, helping to reduce isolation and giving much needed hope that things can change for the better. Drawing on what he’s been through, he supports family members in making sense of the complicated maze of emotion, support and terminology.

Not satisfied with just working in Greenwich, James has also represented Adfam at conferences and other events and forums to amplify the voice of the family and has sat on interview panels.

James – from all of us at Adfam – congratulations! Your hard work and dedication have touched the lives of many and made a real difference.