Posted on: 7 September 2023
Our Addiction Recovery Community Team in Hillingdon (ARCH) threw a surprise party yesterday for Barry Capps in recognition of his incredible work as a volunteer over the past 16 years.
Barry has lived experience caring for someone with an addiction and, after attending a course at ARCH back in 2007, he was asked to set up a support group specifically for carers.
The group started slowly but soon took off, becoming a vital support for carers across Hillingdon.
“It is so nice to be recognised,” he said. “I honestly had no idea.”
“The service has changed so much since I started. I don’t know why I did it for so long; I think it’s the people – meeting so many people. And the fact that I’m still learning. Everyday.”
The service Commissioner, Gary Hutchings, attended to give Barry an award as a token of gratitude for his dedication over the years.
He said: “I am honoured to be asked to come to this presentation because it’s so important to recognise the huge contribution volunteers make to services and other people’s lives.
It’s amazing how much time and dedication Barry has given to families and carers in Hillingdon.
“And it’s so important that we embrace the whole family approach to treatment and support because that is what works!”
Jaya Karira, Area Manager, also paid tribute to Barry “It was heart-warming to commemorate the day dedicate to Barry and our honouring carers.
"We acknowledge the invaluable support they offer. Today's celebration brought immense joy as we expressed our gratitude to our wonderful caregivers for their selfless dedication.”