A Blessed Place

Over the last week, residents from across New Hope services had some much needed time away from Watford, celebrating their progress in recovery and taking time to reflect on past experiences over a few days in rural Hertfordshire.

The annual holiday took place at a charity-run campsite close to Berkhampstead made up of an open meadow, a forest of fir and even a pool with a hot tub and steam room! Residents pitched their tents deep within the trees and settled in for a week of peaceful relaxation away to take stock and to make new friends.

“People needed time to just stop because recovery in itself is a full-time job, particularly when they are rushing between meetings. It's been a time for people to take stock.”  – Annette, Community Home Manager

“People needed time to just stop because recovery in itself is a full-time job, particularly when they are rushing between meetings. It's been a time for people to take stock.”

– Annette, Community Home Manager

Although many stayed for the whole week, some residents came just for a day if they were not feeling confident enough for the whole holiday or they just needed some time away from their everyday lives. A single day may not sound like much of an escape but, in just a few hours, there was time for a dip in the pool, an opportunity to sit back and read a book in the glorious sunshine and to take in the summery aromas of seasoned meat and vegetables cooking over an open fire before enjoying a hearty meal and conversation before heading home.

It has been superb and unforgettable – a time to get to know people on a whole different level.
— a resident
I feel blessed and privileged to spend time in such a tranquil place to gather my thoughts and make a closer connection to God.
— a resident

Every year the holiday provides a unique experience for those who take part and, as with the previous trips away, there was laughter and tears, friendships formed and cemented, and memories made which will support them in their recovery as a time to look back on and smile.

A huge thank you must go to those who visited the Community Market Garden open day and donated for a cup of tea or a slice of cake as, without such generous donations, we would never be able to arrange such a meaningful trip away.

It has been a humbling experience to spend time with such a beautiful family.
— a resident
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