Double Impact’s social enterprise, Cafe Sobar, is 5 years old this week. The cafe was set up to give people in recovery a safe place to socialise and to provide voluntary work experience to those in recovery trying to build up their skills and confidence to get a foothold in the job market.
Every penny of profit from the cafe goes towards supporting the charitable work that Double Impact does for people with addiction problems.
The cafe was set up with the support of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund who continue to support us, and local coffee and industry experts, 200 Degrees Coffee, continue to provide us with expert advice, as well as superb coffee!
The magnificent building which houses Cafe Sobar is owned and generously leased to us by the Nottingham Building Society, and still retains many of the original features from when it was a branch e.g. the entrance doors, the incredibly heavy safe door behind the bar and the original marble panels (hidden behind the wood panelling). The distinctive murals of Nottingham landmarks were created by local artist and graphic designer, Nathan ‘Smallkid’ Bainbridge and the overall design was by local design firm Constellations, who also designed Antenna in Nottingham.
It was officially opened by dance music legend and DJ Adamski on 23rd January 2014.
Over the past 5 years it has been accessed by over 1800 people in recovery from addictions, and provided voluntary work experience to 58 people. It has hosted groups and events by 40+ community organisations.
Many thanks to all our dedicated Cafe Sobar staff and volunteers, loyal customers and our funders and supporters. Here’s to the next 5 years!