Service users and staff with C&I’s Camden Specialist Drug Service have created a range of distinctive Christmas cards, with money generated from their sale being ploughed back into a creative social enterprise - “Visions”.
“Visions” is a collective of creative individuals working to support those in recovery and comprising service users and peer mentors at the Camden drug service.
Four designs have been created and are now on sale at the Margarete Centre, 108 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2LS, costing £1.20 a card, £4 for four, or £9 for ten.
As well as the greetings cards, the social enterprise designs and produces post cards, tote bags and other visual products for sale.
Phil said: “We aim to enable our service users to learn creative skills to assist their recovery. We want to create inspiring products and a visionary brand which is community-focused, connecting people with their community, as well as being innovative, fun and providing a meaningful incentive to overcome addiction.”
“Visions” runs weekly creative workshops providing a varied range of artistic and skills-based activities including film making and editing and digital art, to encourage computer-based skills. The workshops use a positive psychology approach, as well as being outward-looking with community trips to improve social confidence, problem solving and interpersonal skills.