Nacoa was recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
"We simply couldn’t exist without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Calls and emails to our helpline are answered by a team of caring volunteers. Volunteers also help in many other ways such as fundraising and events, distributing leaflets and posters, public speaking, talking to the media, admin and IT," CEO Hilary Henriques said.
Business woman, television host, model and actor.
“I identify with Nacoa’s desire to provide a safe forum for children with alcoholic parents to voice their fears and receive much needed support. It’s not a fashionable charity or a charity that people want to talk about. But I know that without their help and support children affected by their parent’s problems become lost in the system; they grow up feeling worthless and un-noticed at best and abused and broken at worse. We all need a safe place and it gives me great pleasure to support a cause so close to my own heart.”
Celebrity and television personality and son of footballing legend George Best.
“It’s so important for me to be a Nacoa patron. If I’d known there was someone I could talk to or even someone to listen it would have helped me understand and cope with my dad’s illness. I hope kids and young people feel they can ask me for help and see that things can be different if you talk about it.”
Theatre, television and film actor, winner of The Best actress at the Venice Biennale.
“I know what it’s like to grow up with a parent who drinks too much. As children we were never allowed to talk about our mother’s drinking. I learned to cope by pretending to be grown up, by putting on a brave face and by looking after everyone else. This helped us to look good as a family but inside I felt lost, lonely, ashamed and frightened. We all conspired to keep ‘the secret’. If only Nacoa had been there for us, to listen uncritically; to give support and help; someone to trust.”
Liam Byrne has been Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004, and has served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
“I am very proud to be a Patron of this great charity. Nacoa’s excellent staff and volunteers do so much for Britain’s 2.6 million children of alcoholics. In the months that followed my father’s death from alcoholism last year, Nacoa gave me the strength to try and make sense of my life as the child of an alcoholic. I am looking forward to another successful year working alongside Nacoa as we take our campaign for change to the heart of government.”
Film, television and theatre actor.
Cherie Lunghi is well known to British audiences for her starring roles in many TV dramas. Her international fame stems from her role as Guinevere in the 1981 film Excalibur. Her long list of screen, stage and TV credits include football manageress Gabriella Benson in the 1990s television series The Manageress and adverts for Kenco coffee. She also competed in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Cherie has been an ambassador for Nacoa since 2007 and presented at the David Stafford Memorial Lecture in 2013.
“I support Nacoa because I know childhood is not easy for children when their lives are taken over by their parent’s drink problem. Imagine coming home from school and not knowing what you’ll find and having no friends because you can’t bring them home. My message to them is there is hope and help from people at Nacoa.”
Football manager and former player appearing 66 times for England and one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time.
“Children are often the hidden victims of their parents’ alcoholism and end up living a lie, trying to hide their parents’ problems. I support Nacoa because it’s important for children and young people to know that they are not responsible for their parent’s drinking.”
Read his autobiography, Addicted.
Rugby Union player for Racing Metro and England, founder of Elektrik Events and The Olly Barkley Rugby Academy, supporting Nacoa.
“Nacoa is a worthy cause and I intend to do the best I can to raise awareness of this hidden illness, an illness that’s close to home for me. Alcohol problems are everywhere and the unconditional support Nacoa offers everyone affected is crucial. Knowing there is someone on the end of the phone can make the difference to help them through the day, month and sometimes even a lifetime.”
ethics + excellence
The Awards are the 'Oscars' celebrating 'stars' in the field of recovery from addictive behaviours. They recognise, celebrate and encourage the lifesaving but underrecognised vocation of dedicated workers and, in so doing, help to remove stigma.
This inaugural year is expected to attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and organisations across all aspects of recovery life, showing us countless reasons to take pride in our field.
After our prestigious judging panel has toiled over this cornucopia of excellence, our Awards evening on World Drug Day 26 June – where luminaries of recovery will gather for dinner in the 5* Grade-1 listed One Whitehall Place – gives us all the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary breadth and depth of the addiction-recovery world.
The Awards are free to enter, and open to anyone who can provide evidence of an individual's or organisation's recovery endeavours.
The Award Categories will be decided on at a meeting of the Recovery Awards Committee in April 2017, then announced 30 April.
Criteria will be published here, at the same time.
One Whitehall Place
A unique central London 5* and Grade-1 listed venue, The Gladstone Library features original, magnificent tiled pillars and fireplaces, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers that will offer a truly memorable setting for this landmark award-giving to highlight and reward the work of advocates, volunteers and professionals who help to save lives through recovery from addiction.
One Whitehall Place was built as the home of the National Liberal Club. Its founder was William Gladstone, 4 times British Prime Minister, whose name lives on in the Gladstone Library. It’s an inspiring setting for this occasion.
The Gladstone Library has been painstakingly restored to its Victorian splendour. With 30,000 books lining the shelves, it’s just as the great Prime Minister would have remembered it: original features include magnificent tiled pillars and fireplaces, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers.
Seating up to 250 guests, this magnificent venue, with its grand marble staircase and views over the Thames provides the perfect backdrop
Simple to enter
Open to all
Click after 30 April 2017 for information to help you prepare your entry.
Honour + glory
£1,000 + more
... a framed certificate, a trophy personalised with their name, and £500 of advertising from DB Recovery Resources, as well as international publicity.
The Awards Committee will reveal more prizes in all categories on 30 April 2017.
DB Recovery Resources will award to one winner
A diamond ring and
£1,000 in advertising and
a 2-page article in Recovery Plus journal, publicising their work.
Work placements, resulting from appropriate nomination categories, will also be available via the Committee judges.
frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to enter the awards?
Nothing – entry is free.
What period do these awards relate to?
As these are the inaugural Awards, our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice up until the nomination deadline of 7 June 2017 - the Awards are not limited to a single year. Indeed, there will be Lifetime Achievement categories.
What countries do these awards relate to?
The Awards are international, and not limited to any one country or continent.
Can we enter more than one category?
You can enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.
Can we nominate more than one person or organisation in a single category?
No: it must be the most outstanding person or organisation for each category.
Can we nominate a person/organisation in more than one category?
Yes, if you can demonstrate that it is appropriate.
Can I nominate someone from my organisation?
Yes, if you can demonstrate that it is appropriate. You can nominate a maximum of 3 people from your organisation (total of 3 across all categories, not for each category).
How will I know that my nomination has been received?
You will receive an email confirming your name, the nominee and the category you entered. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please contact TheTeam@DBrecoveryresources.com
Who can enter?
The awards are open to anyone working involved in helping others to recover from addiction, be it from substances or behaviours (process addictions). If you are entering on behalf of an organisation, please ensure it is happy for you to do so.
When is the closing date for entries?
Midnight on 7 June 2017.
How do I enter?
Please read our Entry Guidelines, to be published 30 April 2017.
When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?
Shortlists will be published on DB Recovery News which reaches 9,400 people daily, in Recovery Plus magazine and on our website on 17 June 2017.
How are the entries judged?
A distinguished panel of experts will meet to choose our winners. The panel will be announced on this website in March.
Can I get feedback on my entry?
As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, because of the expected high number of entries this might not be feasible.
When are the winners announced?
Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Ceremony at One Whitehall Place, London SW1, on Monday 26 June 2017.
When will I be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony?
Tickets will go on sale later this year. Details will be on this website.
When will I receive my ticket(s)?
We know people get impatient, so tickets will be emailed within minutes of being paid for.
What happens if I have purchased a ticket but am unable to attend?
We are happy for you to offer your ticket to a colleague, but unfortunately all booked tickets are non-refundable. In the event of a change, please email the new attendee’s details to TheTeam@DBrecoveryresources.com as soon as possible.
How do I submit the attendees' details?
The booking system has been set up so that you can enter attendees' details and pay, then you will receive a confirmation email with tickets. Please enter attendees' edresses so that they can receive individual confirmations also.
Who should I contact if my question has not been answered above?
If you have queries relating to the categories, criteria, eligibility for entry, or anything relating to the content of your submission, please contact TheTeam@DBrecoveryresources.com
The judges +
the judging process
The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, chosen by Nacoa, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, in conjunction with Recovery Plus.
The judging is a rigorous 2-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.
We pride ourselves on our rigorous and objective judging process where only the best of the best will be rewarded.
Our judging process is clear, intense and fair.
The full list of the Award Committee judges will be released in May.
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