Thousands of people across the world have been embarking on the hunt to look for ‘kindness’ painted rocks. Now Inspiring Recovery Wakefield, which supports people in Wakefield with drug and alcohol problems, has joined in too, creating multiple similar ‘recovery rocks’ for the Wakefield community to find and enjoy.
Each ‘recovery rock’ has been individually hand-painted by service users, peer mentors, staff and ex-service users at Inspiring Recovery Wakefield and depicts colourful, positive and inspiring small artworks on one side of each rock. The artists have drawn inspiration from their experience of recovery and from those that have supported them throughout their journey.
The activity ties in with Recovery Month, which is celebrated nationally every September and raises awareness around mental health, addiction and substance misuse.
The rocks will be hidden in Thornes Park, Wakefield and Queens Park in Castleford on Friday (21 September). If you find a ‘recovery rock’ you can either choose to keep it, or move the rock to a new location.
The global craze has swept across social media channels and any rocks found can also be shared on Facebook so painters can track where their rocks travels.
For the latest updates on Wakefield ‘Recovery Rocks’ and to see where they travel, search #RecoveryRocks on Twitter or Facebook.
Anne Boid, Inspiring Recovery Wakefield, said:
“It’s been great fun painting and designing the Recovery Rocks. Being able to design beautiful artwork and then get out and about in the local parks to hide the rocks and share with the community, has been a really positive activity for all those at Inspiring Recovery Wakefield. We really hope our recovery rocks bring a smile to the local community and more people get involved and create their own rocks to hide.”