Re:Charge R&R receive £2,000 from Shanly Foundation to help those recovering from addiction
Volunteers an employees at Re:Charge at a recent “Freedom Café” drop–in
Re:Charge R&R, a charity that has just launched a new session called “Freedom Café”, have received a £2,000 donation from the Shanly Foundation to support people recovering from addictions. The organisation assists with addiction recovery without the need for an official referral, runs the café entirely on voluntary donations, providing hot meals and refreshments every week along with valuable advice and support.
Open from 10am – 2pm every Wednesday at the Maidenhead “Marlow Community Centre”, the “Freedom Café” provides invaluable information about housing and benefits. Catering is generously donated by FoodShare in Maidenhead who provide a well-balanced hot meal to all those who attend, forming an essential part of the early stages of recovery for addicts.
Co-founder and manager of Re:Charge R&R, Hannah Lucas says; “As a long-term recovering addict myself, I know how scary early recovery can be. You have lost all self-worth and motivation. Daily support and encouragement is vital to a recovering addict. We have, as an affluent town, finally recognised and accepted the disease of addiction and all the unmanageability that comes with it.”
“We are soon to start a twelve-step workshop to encourage, support and equip individuals into a life of recovery, freedom, hope and fulfilment, and watch them grow and achieve their initial goals. We are very excited to see the impact we know this donation will have in our community. It’s a great privilege to be a part of something so rewarding!”
To aid recovery, the charity hosts arts and crafts afternoons, where those who are recovering can paint on canvases or write poetry. Recovering addicts can take part in these activities, improving lines of communication and encouraging them to express themselves in positive, new ways.
Donations also help individuals in the later stages of their recovery with Maths and English tuition so that they can get GCSE qualifications and increase job opportunities.
Tamra Booth, trustee of the Shanly Foundation, comments: “It’s great to see a development such as the Freedom Café grow into a vital resource for those suffering with the disease of addiction. We hope that our donation will not only make a positive impact on the resources, but also seek to demonstrate to those managing addiction that there is very real support from the local community.”
Since the beginning of this year the three employees, who are themselves long-term recovered addicts, see an average of eleven people per week.
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Notes to editors
Part of the Shanly Group of companies, which were founded in 1969, The Shanly Foundation is the Group’s charitable arm established by founder and owner, Michael Shanly.
Financed entirely by the profits generated by the Shanly Group of companies, The Foundation has to-date donated over £13m to thousands of local community groups and charitable organisations to provide support and improve the quality of life for those most in need.
Other companies within the Group are Shanly Homes, Shanly Partnership Homes and Sorbon Estates specialising in commercial and residential property development, ownership and asset management across London and the South East.
For more information on the Shanly Foundation and the causes it supports, please visit www.shanlyfoundation.com.