Over the Bank Holiday, with my family I found myself in Liverpool with a few hours to spare, so guess where we ended up heading for a drink?  The Brink is situated on Parr Street, in the heart of pub and club land; as we sought it we stumbled over many who’d imbibed one drink too many and more that were aiming to do so.  However, The Brink was a haven of calm and peace.

Just like the Lighthouse Cafe, (Pier Quare, Weston super Mare) I believe The Brink was established to be an alternative for those not wanting to while away their days in an alcohol fuelled atmosphere.  Where The Brink is big, with space for children to play and room for open mike events and live music, the Lighthouse Cafe is small (but perfectly formed) with a lounge at the back to kick back and enjoy the great coffee, teas and homemade cakes; the views are amazing looking over the Pier and the sea to Steepholme and Wales, with fantastic views of the sunset.  Both are a venue for those in recovery from addiction, in addition to being a place for families to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.  Both offer volunteering opportunities to those in addiction, long term unemployed etc

These projects are fantastic opportunities for those in recovery to socialise without alcohol playing a factor.  They offer employment and skills training; they help break the stigma of addiction and recovery by demonstrating the change that occurs and break the denom-isation of those living life sober.

The Lighthouse Cafe is open Thurs- Sun until 5pm and from 9pm until 2am on Saturday evening/Sunday morning.  The venue is a safe place for anyone out and about in Weston super Mare and needing support or help, with the Street Pastors and emergency services based there.

Dont be shy, check out these projects, you’re missing out if you wait.