Hartlepool exhibition puts addiction in the frame

Steve Mudd, project co-ordinator at Parents In Need of Support, at the photographic exhibition in Hartlepool Central Library.
Steve Mudd, project co-ordinator at Parents In Need of Support, at the photographic exhibition in Hartlepool Central Library.

A poignant exhibition celebrating the work of a charity which helps the families of those suffering with addiction is being held in a town library.

Parents In Need of Support (PINS) is a Hartlepool organisation which has been offering an advice and support service to families affected by drug and alcohol misuse since 1996.

PINS volunteer Samantha Riley looking at the photographic exhibition.

PINS volunteer Samantha Riley looking at the photographic exhibition.

The charity has been invited to participate in celebrating the 30th anniversary of national charity Adfam by holding a photographic exhibition showing the ‘other faces of addictions’.

It is hoped that the display of snaps will help in tackling the stigma surrounding addiction.

The PINS exhibition is being displayed in Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, Hartlepool, until May 29.

Steve Mudd, PINS manager, said: “This exhibition has been a journey for us on a personal level as well as on an organisational level.

Every person I’ve spoken to at the exhibition has been moved by the images, the frankness of the stories and bravery of the people behind them.

Steve Mudd, Parents in Need of Support

“I can’t thank David Worthington, head of culture and information at Hartlepool Borough Council and his team here at the library enough, for the help and assistance they have given to make this exhibition a success.

“For a month it will have delivered a very powerful message to people coming through using the library services.

“We aimed to reach as many people as possible with Adfam’s portraits and the space we have been kindly allocated for free is perfect.

“Periodically I have visited the library and there is always someone looking at the pictures, reading the story attached to it, many realising how big these problems are now and how close to home these images are.

Samantha Riley looking at the PINS photographic exhibition at Hartlepool Central Library.

Samantha Riley looking at the PINS photographic exhibition at Hartlepool Central Library.

“Every person I’ve spoken to at the exhibition has been moved by the images, the frankness of the stories and bravery of the people behind them.

“We all know someone, who has been affected directly or indirectly by drug or alcohol issues, or both it’s a huge problem in today’s society.

“By breaking the stigma around it we can get people to stand up and to get the help they need for themselves or their loved ones.”