Alcohol and Drug Service Users make Christmas Wreaths for Charity

Local people in Northallerton who attend a charity’s drug and alcohol recovery programmes are raising money this Christmas by making Yuletide wreaths for sale.

The service users at North Yorkshire Horizons’ Northallerton recovery hub in the Applegarth, have also made table decorations, baubles and other Christmas tree decorations.

Craig Bosomworth, of North Yorkshire Horizons, which is managed in partnership by Northern communities charity DISC, said: “Our service users have really enjoyed this. It has been a very positive experience for them.

“Some did not think they were any good at arts and crafts but the fact they have made a fantastic Christmas wreath or table decoration they can show their family, means a lot for their self-esteem as they recover.”

Karen Bushell, of North Yorkshire County Council Adult Education, conducted the courses and guided the work.

She said: “I think everyone’s got a great deal out of making the decorations. Many didn’t think they could do it but now they’re really proud of what they’ve achieved.

“It wasn’t easy for some at first but they were determined to give something back. I think everyone is benefiting.”

Paul Townsley, Chief Executive Officer of DISC bought five wreaths for friends and family. He said: “The wreaths are really well made and they look fantastic. We’ve had some great compliments which we are passing on. We are so grateful to these service users for their selfless work to help others.”

The wreaths and other decorations will be sold on behalf of the social enterprise More Time UK which is owned by Northern communities’ charity DISC which works with partners to manage North Yorkshire Horizons.