After six years in The Recovery Café in Dromore, we collectively made a decision to move our premises in order to enlarge and expand our work.
On the 4th April we moved into the Old Schoolhouse, Loughbrickland, Banbridge. This is an amazing space that was previously used for rehabilitation. It will work perfectly for all of our recovery activities and our music for health.
We did our first singing session there on the 4th April, with over 30 people in recovery from addiction and mental health journeys.
The singing and music sounded amazing and it was quite an emotional moment for us when we sang our first few notes!
We have been successful in acquiring a Peace IV renovation grant for the building. This work will take place over the next six months. It will enlarge our guitar making workshops, create a comfortable coffee shop area for food and conversation, a creative music recovery space, arts and crafts display areas and a crisis 5 bed residential space.
We aim to develop relationships with all of our partner organisations by creating programmes that will meet the needs of our established groups. This will include working closely with ABC Council and The Peace Four Programme. We feel we have a lot to offer in this area and we are looking forward to getting started.
This will be a great challenge for us, but also a great adventure. Already, everyone has worked together as a team, moving us from one building to another. There has been great joy on the journey, and a lot of excitement.
Watch this space……..”