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Shrewsbury charity aims to put addiction in focus

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Health | Published:

Drug and alcohol misuse is no longer an addiction which is ‘hidden,’ Rotarians have been told.

A newly formed charity, Share Shrewsbury, is bringing discussion of the issue into the community, former mayor Councillor Jane Mackenzie told a meeting of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club.

She established Share Shrewsbury just before Christmas last year having identified a gap for services and support of people with difficulties, particularly alcohol.

“It is something we don’t tend to talk about,” said Jane. “It has a huge stigma which is so great that people who need support are ashamed or embarrassed to seek it.

“The biggest cause of death amongst young men under 45 is alcohol and women are fast catching up. The charity is informing young people about the risks of drug and alcohol misuse.

“Self-help groups are raising awareness. It is no longer an issue which is hidden.

“Share Shrewsbury is asking businesses and people in the local community for skills, time or resources to share this with those in need.”

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She gave her talk on the occasion of a presentation of £700 to Share Shrewsbury from the president’s fund of immediate past president Colin Sharp.

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Working with Share Shrewsbury to support recovery is Comics Salopia, Shrewsbury’s first major international comic art festival.

Encompassing the town’s most prestigious venues, the festival on June 1 and 2 will be staged at Shrewsbury Castle, The Square, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery as well as The Guildhall.

Shane Chebsey, a creative artist living in Shrewsbury, told Rotarians that the festival in the heart of the town would include a shop window in the university.

“Comics are a storytelling medium which makes them unique. The festival will educate people about that.

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“Comics are a great literary aid and will be a big part of the festival. 45 international artists, who are world renowned, will be coming to Shrewsbury.

“We have an excellent selection of artists and writers, some of them geniuses. It will be an enriching experience for people from all walks of life.

“Comics are for everybody,” he added.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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