DUNLEWEY GALA BALL
Celebrating 35 Years
Of Unlocking the Door to Personal Growth, Learning and Change
19TH AUGUST 2022
BELFAST CITY HALL
We are celebrating 35 years of addiction services!
On August 19th 2022, services-users, staff and friends of Dunlewey gathered in Belfast City Hall for a night of
entertainment, inspiration and fun in order to celebrate Dunlewey Addiction Services reaching
its 35 year anniversary of providing guidance and support to those on the path of recovery.
On August 19th 2022,
services-users, staff and friends
of Dunlewey gathered in Belfast City Hall
for a night of entertainment,
inspiration and fun in order to celebrate
Dunlewey Addiction Services reaching
its 35 year anniversary of providing guidance
to those in search of the path to recovery.
A Night of Entertainment, Inspiration & Celebration
Drama and Movement Piece
The talented performers from the Lights Camera Action group of Clonmore Youth Club worked in collaboration with the Craic Theatre to create an inspiring addiction recovery-themed drama & movement piece which was recorded and displayed at our GALA Ball. The group worked under the guidance of professional performer Sean O’Neill and copywriting expert Aoibh Johnson to create something truly special.
Service-user Projects Showcase
Featured on the night was an impressive display of various artwork our service-users had created. Everyone in attendance was blown away at the level of skill and creativity our service users showcased on the night. Also on display at our 35-year celebration was the Dunlewey Stories of Recovery book titled “You Have to Fall Before you Fly”, this book offers help and guidance from those with first-hand experience of the journey to recovery, as well as a selection of incredible poems highlighting each person’s individual battle with addiction. The “stories of recovery” book was created to inspire, motivate and educate.
Special Guests: Robin Swann (Health Minister MLA), Nuala McKeever (Comedian / Actress) and Christina Black (Lord Mayor of Belfast)
We are proud to say we had three incredible special guests join us for our celebrations. Thank you to Robin Swann (Health Minister MLA) who delivered an impactful speech and presented awards, Christina Black (Lord Mayor of Belfast ) who had everyone captivated with her speech and Nuala McKeever (comedian/actress) who had us smiling all night long with her quick-witted humour and fun personality.
Volunteer Awards Presentation
From inspiring stories and displays of appreciation to diving deep into the history of Dunlewey Addiction Services, the night was packed full of interesting people, topics and stories.
Various speakers were featured on the night including Jo Daykin-Goodall (Founder), Annette Daykin-Goodall (Former Director) Pauline Campbell (Director), Christina Black (Lord Mayor of Belfast), Robin Swann (Health Minister MLA), Lauren Walls (board member), Rowan Vernon and many more.
As well as performances from “The Professionals” and harpist Sharon Carroll, everyone got a chance to see just how talented our service users really are when Neill Irwin took to the stage to showcase his incredible singing and songwriting abilities and “The Recovery Choir” (a choir consisting of Dunlewey service users) delivered an uplifting and powerful performance.
Stephanie McKernan (Young Persons & Families Team Coordinator) delivered a moving monologue written by service user group, facilitated by Antonette Morelli.
Staff & Friends of Dunlewey
Seeing our staff members who have enabled Dunlewey Addiction Services to thrive for 35 years come together with those who have supported our services and those who have used our services was a truly special way of celebrating this milestone.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the years and to our hard working staff who have provided countless hours of life changing counselling services with our present team delivering 10,300 hours of care and support to individuals and families in 2021 alone.
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