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Pop up café in Haverhill offers recovering addicts a sober safe space

27th July 2023

Sanctuary Supported Living

Four members of staff at the Haverhill pop up recovery cafe.

A supported housing service in Haverhill has partnered with the local drug and alcohol treatment service to raise awareness of support available for people in recovery from addiction.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Haverhill Homeless Supported Housing, which provides support for adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, were joined by local drug and alcohol service, Turning Point, which provides support for substance users, to host a pop-up recovery café.

With two-thirds of homeless people citing drug or alcohol use as a reason for first becoming homeless, the pop-up café was an important opportunity to make recovery from addiction more visible to the community and provide an open, safe space for people in recovery to connect with others. As well as support and advice, visitors could enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and a slice of cake.

Kate Molope, Local Service Manager for Haverhill Homeless Support Housing said: “Not so long ago, we attended a Turning Point event in which we discussed the lack of awareness for services like ours that support people struggling with alcohol and drug dependency on their journey for recovery. We realised the strength of a collaboration between us that would take advantage of resources, expertise, and innovative ideas, and took the bull by the horns by planning the pop-up recovery café.”

We hope that we can inspire other services to collaborate with us in the community

Michele Mouzer, Team Manager for West Suffolk Recovery Network

Michele Mouzer, Team Manager for West Suffolk Recovery Network at Turning Point said: “It was really worthwhile teaming up with Sanctuary Supported Living and the team in Haverhill to host this community event. There was a mix of professionals, local decision makers, Haverhill Homeless Supported Housing customers, and others wanting to find out how to access support. We hope that we can inspire other services to collaborate with us in the community, so that we can widen the support network for those who need it most.”

The pop-up recovery café was the first of what is hoped to be a long-term project, dependent on funding.

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