Recovery central opens its doors

Recovery central opens its doors

A new £1m centre aiming to help people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction while also providing a boost to social enterprises, opened last week.

Birmingham's Recovery Central, the brainchild of Changes UK, aims to make the city one of the most progressive locations in the UK for its services, also offering an incubation space for service users looking to move into self-employment.

The 15,000 sq ft venue, which has been funded by Public Health England, also features a state-of-the-art recording studio, UK Recovery Radio and additional space to grow its services by almost a third.

The new centre has already provided seven new jobs, and aims to support 150 people in the next year taking the number of service users up to 300.

Recovery Central has already received backing from the community and local authorities, as well as a number of high profile celebrities including Jimmy Somerville, Russell Brand and Duran Duran’s John Taylor.

“This is an important milestone in the Changes UK journey and one that potentially offers the ‘recovery’ blueprint for other cities to follow,” explained Steve Dixon, who founded the charity after 15 years of addiction.

“Recovery Central gives us an amazing venue that we can use to help more people in our city into recovery from addiction and gain the skills to live a life with meaning and purpose, so that they also can be an asset to our community rather than just a burden.”

“The revenue generated through our social enterprises and conference space will allow us to become completely self-funding, providing the platform we need continue to plug the needs of our community without the requirement to look for government funding or grants.”

Employing 31 people, Changes UK provides a detox service, community-based rehabilitation, supported and move on housing and opportunities to gain accredited qualifications, volunteering and work experience.

Service users at the beginning of their recovery journey are supported 24-hours a day by qualified staff and specially trained volunteer peer mentors.