On Wednesday 10 September, our award-winning Shoreditch social enterprise coffee shop, Paper & Cup, will be opening every Wednesday evening for people in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions. This will be Hackney’s first recovery café, a place better known for it’s pubs, bars and clubs. 

“It’s brilliant. I’ll have a place to go and hang out in the evening which isn’t a boozer. I won’t be in some musty hall drinking bad coffee but will be able to see people I know who are in recovery, have a bit of a laugh and a more normal evening out.” Danny, (not his real name).

An abstinence- based environment, the café will be offering its usual range of coffee and teas and we ask that people be 48hrs clean from alcohol or illicit drugs. 

Staffed by trained baristas who are in recovery, this is a way for them to contribute by helping others in recovery and the work experience they gain from running the café will help build their CV for when they’re ready to start looking for work. Former Paper & Cup trainees have gone on to find jobs or set up their own businesses.

SCT were recently awarded a grant from Comic Relief to support the development of their work with people in recovery from addictions.

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