As you enter the R & R café held within Coldside Church Dundee you are warmly welcomed by a friendly volunteer. After a cheery word you are offered a cup of tea/coffee/ soup/toastie and asked to join others at a table of four – less daunting if it’s your first time.
Volunteers in recovery provide peer to peer support in a warm, safe environment. Members of the public wander in and mingle as well. As you look around the room you are aware of lots of discussion and laughter too. Other activities take place in all four corners – organisations to help with benefits and money problems, Healthy Living Initiative staff and Substance Misuse workers all ready to give help and support, Arts and crafts, a nail bar and plenty more.
This is a volunteer led café for those who wish to engage or stay engaged in recovery. If substance misuse is isolating then recovery can be about connection. Those that attend will tell you how important it is to feel wanted and loved and without any judgement. The volunteers will also tell you of the opportunities to discover something new and also how to develop new skills. They say working in the café makes them feel good. An opportunity to give back to the community and perhaps even gain some qualifications at the same time.
If recovery means regaining control of some part of your life that has been stolen or lost then the R & R café in Coldside Church is where you can find the place do just that. Remember that Jesus said “come to me all you are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”