Monthly Archives: August 2016

We Are Bromley Week – Compassion Project

If you’ve read our previous post then you have a good idea of what We Are Bromley Week is about and if you’d like to read more then you can visit the We Are Bromley Website.

We were keen to find out about the Compassion Project that is running this week at Bromley Drug & Alcohol Service (BDAS) which is based on London Road in Bromley.

Open Access RoomI talked to Michael Reid who was doing some decorating in an open access room and was preparing the hallway and stairs ready for decoration. He talked to me in a very enthusiastic and passionate way about the plans to cheer up as  many rooms as possible so that the people who use the service have decent surroundings in which to spend their time there.

While I was talking to Michael one of the people who use the service came in to help with the decorating which came across as a really positive thing. If people using BDAS want to invest their time to improve things for everybody who uses the building then it’s doing something very right! Hive of activity

I spoke at some length with Helene who is a clinical administrator at BDAS and she described how BDAS promotes healthy lifestyles during recovery and also from the after effects that occur through the recovery process.

Helene told me that BDAS looks after in excess of 150 people at any given time so there is a great need for the service and it really does need your support.

The most positive thing about working at BDAS for Helene is the people who are from all walks of life. The things that make her laugh are her fellow workers and the positive community events – last Christmas the people who use the service put on a production of A Christmas Carol in a lighthearted way to reflect the serious subject of recovery!

What upsets her is the stigma around addiction. There are myths abounding about alcoholics and addicts and these show on the faces of people when they realise that they’re talking to an alcoholic or addict. There is a general lack of trust and an assumption that they must be up to no good and there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what addiction actually is.

Put simply, it’s not about what you drink or use, it’s about where it is in your life and your attitude towards it. If drink or drugs are central to your life in whatever quantities then the chances are that you could have a problem.

Bromley Drug & Alcohol Service is a vital service in the community and the compassion project is much needed to help remove the stigma and presumptions that can surround addiction.

I was uplifted when I left to get on with my day and felt privileged to be allowed to see just how positive the approach of BDAS was.

Charity of the Week – We Are Bromley

use this in tweetsWe Are Bromley starts on Monday 22nd of August and ends on Sunday 28th August but what is it?

We Are Bromley week is seven days of celebrating community in Bromley and is co-ordinated by Citygate Food+ who are a charitable initiative that helps the most vulnerable people in Bromley.

Citygate Food+ provides fresh food for those in food poverty and practical assistance to those who are in most need.

intuBromley has named Citygate Food+ as their charity partner for 2016 and together they have launched the first We Are Bromley week.

The aims of We Are Bromley week are –

  • to celebrate local organisations, charities and community groups that already build communities in Bromley,
  • encourage both businesses and individuals across Bromley to identify themselves as part of the community and do their bit in supporting and growing it and,
  • by undertaking a “compassion project”, e.g., a regeneration of a community space or encouraging others to join in the project and do their own during the week.

We Are Bromley underlines the idea that everybody is part of the community and everybody can make a positive impact.

There are a number of events throughout the week and they demonstrate that it’s possible to be aware of and help your community and still have fun!

There is a “Ring A Bottle” stand (with some fab prizes!) at the community hub outside M&S all through We Are Bromley week and outside the Disney store on Saturdays until the end of August. Don’t forget – whether you win or not tell us what is good in Bromley in your eyes!

If you call into the Sainsbury’s on Beckenham High Street and declare “We are Bromley” to the people behind the Customer Services counter you may just be rewarded with a cookie or some chocolate coins! All you have to do to get the goodies is be one of the first 50 each day of We Are Bromley week to say the magic words! While you’re there please leave a message to say what you think is good about Bromley!

On Monday there is a fun event with a wide range of arts, crafts and sports activities for kids and parents of all ages at the Blenheim Children and Family Centre on Blenheim Road in Orpington. If it’s your first time at the centre please register when you arrive. Any questions about this? Sarahjane Hawkes-Rossi is the person to call – 01689 831193.

On Friday 26th August why not dress in style and get along to the jazz, cocktails and canapes evening? Let’s face it, that’s an unbeatable combination! If you can’t resist the temptation and are burning to go then click here and book your spot!

The biggest single project of the week is sprucing up the building that is used by Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service. The aim is to redecorate as many of the rooms as possible. Many people are working together to do this – people from church, NCS Bromley, people who have benefited from the Food Bank in the past and a volunteer pool from the people who us BDAS will also be helping.


Your help is needed on this project! If you have any skills that can help speed this project to a wonderful finish then please ring 020 8662 6850 and have a chat about when and how you can help. It’s not about working a full day, an hour helping would be an hour well spent and you’d be a very welcome sight!

Find out more about We Are Bromley week on their website and follow Citygate food+ and intuBromley on Twitter for all the news of what’s happening and how you can join in on the fun, games and love!

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