History and Resources to Share

 About Us

Serenity Café was set up by a small group of people in recovery in 2009, supported by Comas to develop the skills to realise our ambition.  

The café started small, with everyone involved chipping in to turn the cold, empty premises into a fully functioning café and community hub for people in recovery

The café attracted a lot of attention throughout the UK as the first recovery café and in 2010 Comas won the Scottish Charity Awards Community Action category. 

We developed this guide to developing recovery cafes which shares our story so far… we plan to update it soon with an updated story of how we acquired and refurbished our premises. 

Steering Group 

The steering group is a committee made up of community members (recovering addicts/alcoholics) directing matters pertaining to recovery, programming, the kind of projects to be taken forward (subject to funding)/direction the project should take, staffing and practical day to day policies at the Serenity Café. The group meets on a monthly basis.

Current members –

Philip Rainford

Jon Clusker

Dave Rayner

Charlie Steel

Karen Gillan

Keith Jolly

Evonne Lewis

Kane Duffy

Yanni Yannoulis 

How to Find Out More 

We are happy to host visits at the Serenity Café, or to bring our experience to you.

We can offer training to groups in:

  • Recovery community development
  • Recovery Coaching and Self Coaching
  • Developing recovery community response to supporting people in recovery
  • Specific advice and support to develop recovery cafes.

This training is offered by Comas with members of the Serenity Café. There is a charge and the profits are used to continue to support our recovery community development. For more information contact ruth@comas.org.uk


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