Established a decade ago, Cafe Sobar has become a cornerstone in Nottingham as a safe and alcohol-free social space. With a commitment to supporting those in recovery to socialise safely away from the temptations of alcohol and drugs, the cafe also provides valuable work experience placements. Its unique blend of community engagement and recovery-focused initiatives has made it a beloved local asset.
Graham Miller, CEO of Double Impact, expressed his gratitude for the grant, stating,
" This generous ongoing support from the National Lottery Community Fund enables us to continue providing a haven for individuals in recovery and offering them valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. Café Sobar provides a safe stigma-free space for different communities to intermingle and benefit each other and we’re excited about its future role for people in Nottingham. We have business people meeting alongside recovery groups, students and families, all enjoying the unique atmosphere of the place.”
Cafe Sobar goes beyond being a traditional cafe; it is a multifaceted community hub. Situated just off the Market Square, the cafe offers a beautiful and welcoming environment where patrons can enjoy delicious food and beverages. Additionally, the space is available for hire, accommodating a variety of community groups and events. In addition to regular evening ‘Sobar Socials’ aimed at the wider recovery community and their families and friends, the recent 'Spirit of Recovery Awards' afterparty and the national 'Inclusive Recovery Cities' group meeting, exemplifies its dedication to inclusivity and broadening the impact of recovery support.
As Cafe Sobar approaches its 10th anniversary next year, the grant from the National Lottery Community Fund will undoubtedly contribute to its continued success. Double Impact remains committed to creating a positive impact on the lives of those in recovery, and this grant will help ensure that Cafe Sobar remains a beacon of hope and support in the community for years to come.