Addiction Recovery Agency

Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) received a grant in 2012 towards the creation of a ‘recovery cafe’.

Based in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, the charity was formed in 1987. It is estimated that ARA has helped over 40,000 people with alcohol, drug, or gambling problems and has saved an estimated £50m in costs to the community. The charity also works closely with criminal justice services to ensure that treatment is available to people who have been led into crime by drug or alcohol abuse. 

Their services include:

  • Counselling;
  • 1:1 sessions
  • Communuity recovery service
  • Floating support
  • Young Peoples service
  • Topic based workshops
  • Structured day care
  • Supported housing
  • Advice and guidance

Most services are provided on site but some are provided via satelitte provisions for example in doctors surgeries.

ARA applied for funding towards the cost of refurbishing part of their premises to create a cafe. The total cost of the project was £12,000 and the Foundation awarded a grant of £7,300 to buy equipment for the cafe.

The cafe also enables ARA to provide training/volunteering opportunities for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and is also open to the public, helping to generate income for the charity.

In the future the cafe will also open in the evenings to provide a social venue for people in recovery, who often face barriers to participating in activities in public places due to the availability of alcohol. They aim to create a club-like feel for the cafe, with a regular membership and a supportive ‘self-help’ environment.

Photos: Addiction Recovery Agency