Craft and Guitar Making Workshops

June 10, 2015

 The newly-built workshop at the Recovery Café in Dromore is filled with the smell of fresh wood and the sound of tools being put to work. The Recovery Café is a music café that welcomes recovering addicts and their friends to spend time together.Having sung together since 2012 in the Voice of Recovery choir, the members are now turning their hands quite literally to woodwork. They're practising making shelves and plant holders and planing wood for musical instruments. With the help of almost £160,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, they are learning how to turn the wood they've collected into guitars, bodhrans and flutes, as well as craftwork. "The guys that are working here, their recovery has been so good and they're at a stage now where they really want to rebuild their lives," said Sheila Smyth, founder of Recovery Café. "From a place where everything went into ashes, they now want things to come up out of the ashes."She says it's important that people have the support of other recovering addicts to help them in their recovery. "The only person who can help a recovering alcoholic or addict is someone who's walked that path themselves," said Sheila. "A lot of people don't come through addiction successfully - a lot of people die. "So it's great to see people moving through addiction and giving that message that there is hope, that you can overcome your addiction with the help available and with other people who have walked that path."Dormant talentsOne of those walking that path is Adrian. The thought of sharing his new-found inner strength has given him another lease of life. "I'm very excited," he said. "I think crafts and the guitar-making and that, it's very therapeutic as well as bringing to the fore talents that may have been lying dormant. 

 

 

 

 

 

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