STIRLING’S MP was inspired by the work being done within the local recovery community.

Mr Stephen Kerr was at a popular café ran by the Forth Valley Recovery Community and heard about recent successes and challenges within the organisation, which is based on providing mutual support.

The politician heard how people can recover from substance misuse problems and other addictions and how many recovering addicts are now volunteers helping others.

He said: “It was a wonderful and extremely informative visit to the Forth Valley Recovery Community café.

“It was inspiring to see the great work being done by everyone in this community.

“The leading role taken by those who have themselves faced the challenge of addiction is crucial to ensure effective support is delivered appropriately.”

Paul Mooney, CEO at Addictions Support & Counselling Forth Valley, added: “It was great to have the opportunity to show Stephen the fantastic work of the Forth Valley Recovery Community.

“Recovery is possible for everyone, and, as Stephen saw, it is flourishing in Stirling.

“However, funding must be restored to alcohol and drugs partnerships so we can continue the work that we do.

“We fully support the Alcohol Health Alliance’s campaign for alcohol duty increases as a way to raise additional revenue.

“We have asked Stephen to speak up for our community in Parliament to ensure that we can continue promoting recovery in Forth Valley.”