ROC-Cafe-Exeter-v2.1ROC launched in Devon & Cornwall in 2011 with a peninsula wide event at Plymouth Pavilions.

Several ROC projects have subsequently started in Plymouth, Torbay, Launceston and Exeter with new projects being planned in Callington and Ivybridge.

Exeter has been running a ROC Buddy scheme over the last year and this has recently led to a new project – the ROC Recovery Café which launches in July.

It is a volunteer-led recovery Café for those who wish to engage or stay engaged in recovery from problematic

Drugs and/or alcohol use. This is a safe place of shelter, support & friendship with free hot drinks and a chance to

support and tell others about what has worked for people in their  recovery process.

One of the project coordinators Nik Sutherland says –

‘If problematic substance and alcohol use is a condition of isolation then recovery is surely about connection. The ROC Recovery Café Exeter is a safe place where the people of Exeter and beyond can connect to build recovery community, meet & talk with others in recovery with lived experience of recovery as well as access peer support’

The project involves a number of partners including; Devon & Cornwall Police, Riverside Church and EDP.

More about EDP –

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services – Engaging People in Positive Change

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services support people to address their drug and alcohol misuse. A fundamental belief underpinning our work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes. EDP provide substance misuse services in prison and communities, in Devon and Dorset.

Kathryn Watts, EDP Drug & Alcohol Services, Tel: 01392 666716,

The idea is inspired by other Recovery Cafes which have been pioneered in other locations, to read more;

Contact – Nik Sutherland – RISE [email protected]