START supports festival goers at Tramlines

Sheffield’s drug and alcohol experts were on hand at Tramlines festival last weekend, supporting anybody in need with free water and dedicated advice.

The Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START) were around all weekend with a group of eleven specialists, going mobile and touring round Hillsborough Park on the lookout for people who could use their support.

It was a successful weekend with more than 600 free water bottles handed out, each one giving an opportunity for the team to have a conversation and engage with people in the city who could benefit from some support.

Richard Grundy, Team Co-ordinator, said: “We had a great weekend at Tramlines, talking and engaging with lots of people across the site.

“We’re on the lookout for anybody who might need something from us, whether that’s free water, a conversation and advice or anything else we might be able to help with.

“That might be about something we can do there and then, or just making people aware of what the START service can offer to people and their families or friends in Sheffield.

“Thanks to all of our team who were dedicated and in great spirits all weekend, even with some sketchy weather!”

START’s specialists have been in attendance at Tramlines since the festival was based at Devonshire Green, after being invited by the event organisers to offer support to festival goers.

The Tramlines line up featured Reverend and the Makers, who played a private Zoom gig for SHSC staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Everly Pregnant Brothers whose frontman Big Shaun has also shared a special thank you to the Trust’s hard working staff around the same time.

START at Tramlines