Recovery Central comes to Digbeth
When: Friday 13th May, 16:00-20:00
Where: Recovery Central, 9 Allcock Street, Digbeth, B9 4DY
Recovery Central will be opening in Digbeth next week, but this is a bar with a difference…
Part of the charity Changes UK, Recovery Central is Birmingham’s first ‘dry bar’, meaning that it is completely free of alcohol.
Established by Steven Dixon, who beat a 15-year addiction with alcohol and drugs, Recovery Central will also feature a new café called Friends Kitchen, a business incubator, and a multi-purpose conference centre.
Steven said: “It is a nice, safe, environment where you can enjoy a good atmosphere without anyone spilling drinks over you, and it is not just for people in recovery – a lot of people would enjoy a night out without drinks all around. We are also going to have Caribbean and Indian nights and bands and comedians in the bar.”
The centre will also house three social enterprises to add to Digbeth’s already burgeoning social enterprise quarter. Started by people supported by the charity, a gardening business, building company, a state-of-the-art recording studio and radio station, will all be based at Recovery Central.
Changes UK boasts a record of 78% of clients staying clean and building new lives – compared to a national average of just 8% – and Steven puts this down to the face the service is delivered by people coming out of similar situations.
The revenue generated through Recovery Central will all be channelled into the work of the charity, to support more than 200 people every year to overcome their addictions. Mr Dixon added: “We want to take the stigma away from employing or working with people who have had alcohol and drug dependency issues and show – with the right support – individuals can achieve tremendous things and offer great services.”