The Edge Café Press Release 23/11/2016

The Edge Café opened last Friday with great success! The press release below captures the essence of the recovery café and all that it sets out to achieve.


Innovative New Café NOW open to help revive and promote recovery


A ground breaking new recovery café has just opened its doors in Cambridge to provide individuals in long term recovery from substance misuse a safe, supportive space to develop skills, lost confidence and generate opportunities for positive change.

The Edge Café is located at the front of the Brookfield’s Hospital site on Mill Road and is now open for business serving great coffee and delicious healthy food to the general public.  The Edge café is a community café with a recovery heart. A working café but one which also provides a visible demonstration of the possibility of recovery from substance misuse and/or mental health difficulties. The Café provides space for those in recovery to meet, volunteer, gain paid employment, share skills and experiences and feel part of the local community.


There is a range of arts and crafts and wellbeing groups in development which will run out of the café including ‘knit and natter’, adult colouring, photography, yoga, walks.  There is also a conference room in the building ‘The Hayman Room’ which is fully equipped for meetings of up to 15 people which can be rented out by the community and local groups or businesses.

The Recovery Café is an independent resource and is registered as a social enterprise, it runs as a commercial business in order to provide sustainability for the project. This is the first dedicated Recovery café to be developed in Cambridgeshire and follows the model of successful projects in other parts of the country such as ‘The Brink’ in Liverpool.  The Edge Café received an initial capital grant from Public Health England and has been receiving project management support from Cambridgeshire County Council.  The project is a great example of co-production and building community resilience with individuals in recovery working with the County Council and Inclusion treatment service to develop a unique resource for the local community.


Susie Talbot from the County Council said: “We’re very excited about ‘The Edge Café’, it is a fantastic resource providing genuine opportunities for those in recovery. It places recovery within the heart of the community and is run for service users by service users. We want the general public to use the café, to enjoy the range of great food and drinks on offer and to help support the project. It is important that everyone can see the possibilities of recovery. We have been very fortunate in this project to meet so many kind and generous individuals, members of the local community have given their time and donated equipment to help make this happen.”