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Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol in Seven Sisters Road holds fete
Children, members of the public and recovering alocoholics ate cake and played splat the rat at a vintage fete.
Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA) in Seven Sisters Road threw open its doors to the public for a vintage fair complete with crafts, home made cake and fun fair games.
Laura Pechey, who works at HAGA and organised the event, said: “We want people to come along and see what we do.
“We want to have a visible image in the community to show them we’re not scary.”
“When we first held an open day three local residents turned up.
“Last year we had 30, and this year we’ve had 60 people come, it’s been great.”
The service seeks to improve the lives of those affected by alcohol and raise awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking.
Ms Pechey added: “People coming here to see what we do helps reduce stigma.
“Events like this where they mingle with the public, helps service users feel normal for the day, a chance they don’t often get.”
Former service user Ian Pereira said: “I’m here to support HAGA. They scraped me off the ground. I was nothing.
“They cleaned me up, fluffed me up and brought me back to myself.
“It’s good for the service users to have the public here, it keeps them on their toes and helps their recovery.”
HAGA has been working closely with the local community and organisation Groundwork to improve nearby Manchester Gardens.
Throughout the day residents and service users planted flowers in the former haunt of drug addicts and prostitutes.
Children ran around with intricate paintings of dinosaurs and dragons on their faces and played with balloon animals.
Resident Geff Soman, who lives on Vartry Road, said how “fantastic” the event had been.
He said: “I didn’t know this service was here until today.
“It seems like a really sympathetic, lovely place.
“It doesn’t have the dingy, down at heel feel you expect.
“It’s great to see this kind of thing happening, it does so much good.”
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