Cambridge Recovery Hub Needs Your Help!
The ‘Recovery Hub’ is a new project, a joint initiative between the service user community, Cambridgeshire DAAT Team (CCC), and the countywide treatment provider ‘Inclusion’. The project received initial capital funding based on the bid for a ‘recovery hub’ as a focal meeting space for individuals in recovery to demonstrate the benefits of positive change and support reintegration back into employment, family life etc. Fundamentally peers providing support to other peers, a powerful resource, helping each other to build up elements of their life that they may have lost due to substance misuse.
The ‘hub’ will be independent of specialist services and registered as a social enterprise. It will provide a safe and supportive space for those in recovery from drug/alcohol misuse to meet, volunteer, and work, developing lost confidence and increasing skills. The hub will include a commercial café open to the general public (‘The Edge’) which is will be a visible, active, public facing demonstration of the possibility of recovery. The café will be run by recovery champions and service users sharing space with the local and regular customers, which will operate as part of the neighbourhood and as a community resource. The café will be inviting to both the wider community and professionals to share skills, training, to host events for music, spoken word, art and IT access. The café will be a tangible place for those in recovery to give something back as well as to demonstrate the possibilities for recovery.
The Hub will open in late Sept 2016 at the bottom of Mill Road, Cambridge at the front of the Brookfields Site (Romsey). The funds have been sufficient to cover the renovation costs but we are looking for additional grant funding to fund a post and we are approaching partners and businesses to ask for donations of café equipment/furniture, business support/mentoring. We have been very lucky to date and have already been offered bits and pieces but we are still looking for fundamental items such as commercial coffee machine, sofa, coffee table, oven, Panini machine, outside table and chairs, amongst just a few. We will happily receive second hand goods as long as they are in good working order. This project will be ultimately service user led and run with some professional support for the first couple of years but it will need to be run as a business in order to ensure sustainability so any support /mentoring from local businesses is very much welcomed. We just need to get the project off the ground to give it a chance!
Finalists in The National Learning Disability & Autism Awards!
Cambridgeshire DAAT were finalists in the Nation Learning Disability & Autism Awards for creating awareness materials and resources around drugs and alcohol for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems in partnership with Inclusion and the VoiceAbility Speak Up Council.
Congratulations to everyone involved.