The Edge Café
The Edge Café, the perfect place to just come and be.
We have a building, it’s been fitted out, we are in the process of adding in the essentials & beautiful bits, which pretty much means everything from sofas, to a kitchen, to art work & you.
The Edge will be a working cafe, open to the public but with a recovery based focus, for service users by service users, which means it needs you, it needs your ideas, it needs your support, your enthusiasm & anything else you have to offer.
The Edge will be independent of specialist services and is registered as a community interest company. 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. Moreover, it will operate as part of the community; a multi-faceted resource that many different groups can contribute to and benefit from.
The Edge will be inviting both the wider community and professionals to share skills, training, to host music and spoken word events and art. Which means it needs you – your skills, your support and enthusiasm and anything else you have to offer.
The Edge will include a commercial café open to the general public which 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 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 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. If you know anyone who may wish to donate time, money or items please get in touch.
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Overdose Awareness Day 31st August 2016
Britain continues to have a high number of drug-related deaths with opiate overdose remaining a major cause of death among injecting drug users.
Naloxone is a drug which temporarily reverses the respiratory depressant effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone and morphine and for many years has been used within emergency medical settings to reverse these effects and prevent death.
Naloxone is now widely available to people who access substance misuse services and to those people who work with or are friends and family to those who misuse opiates and are at risk of overdose.
Inclusion is a specialist directorate that is part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust providing drug, alcohol and psychological therapy services in the community and prisons across England. Inclusion is committed to saving lives and reducing the impact of overdose on individuals, families and communities. Nationally, Inclusion was the first organisation to develop a protocol that broadened access to naloxone in October 2015, and in the last 12 months have:
- trained up around 1900 people to offer this life saving intervention
- saved 100+ lives by supplying Naloxone kits
- saved the NHS £300,000 (every £1 spent on Naloxone saves the health economy £8.33)
In the past 12 months, Inclusion Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Service alone have given out 243 naloxone kits of which 16 were used successfully to save a life.
The 31st August 2016 is National Overdose Awareness Day and Inclusion Cambridgeshire will be celebrating this day at each of its sites (Cambridge, Huntingdon, Wisbech) with drop in sessions, overdose awareness and use of naloxone training, issuing of naloxone kits where appropriate, advice and information, service user and carer feedback and providing refreshments.
Inclusion would be delighted for you to come along. For more information on an event near you please call the main Inclusion Cambridgeshire number on 0300 555 0101. You can also follow Inclusion on Twitter and Facebook: