The Brink celebrates seven years supporting Merseyside’s recovery community

Posted on 25 October 2018
By Khyle Deen
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Liverpool based dry bar and café The Brink has marked its seventh birthday with a range of community-centric celebrations.

The Parr Street venue, ran by national charity Action on Addiction, hosted an evening of food and entertainment in the form of live music, karaoke and even its own version of ‘Play Your Cards Right’ to celebrate its business milestone.

Since opening in 2011, The Brink has helped thousands of people living with addiction to rebuild their lives and has created 17 new jobs. This year alone, the venue has worked with 30 volunteers, with the majority of these positions being filled by those who are in recovery.

Manager of The Brink Carl Bell said: “Seven years on from our opening, we are as important as ever to the local community, playing a pivotal role in supporting not only those living with addiction, but also those affected by it such as family and friends. As the first of its kind in the UK, The Brink has become a thriving social hub for the recovery community and the wider public alike. From pre-recovery courses to counselling and even social events such as weekly football training and open mic nights, we are continuing to offer an all-round service that can benefit people of all ages and walks of life.

“Reflecting on what we have achieved in the last seven years since we first opened our doors is incredibly rewarding and it’s comforting to know just how many people we have supported and helped to change their lives for the better. As a testament to this, we were recently shortlisted in this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards in the Community Impact category, which is a huge privilege and adds momentum to our cause, demonstrating the importance of what we’re doing for the recovery community and beyond in Merseyside.”

The Brink is a social enterprise with all profits going directly back into the community to support the recovery of those who have suffered as a result of alcoholism and addiction.

Carl added: “We were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate our achievements at our seventh birthday party where we enjoyed food and music as a community. For every milestone and success, it is important to us to include those who have been a part in our journey and have since become good friends of The Brink, and to remind them that we’re always here to offer a safe space whenever it may be needed. We look forward to the next seven years!”

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