Cambridgeshire Recovery Service

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The Cambridge Recovery Service (CRS) is a service user and volunteer-led community-based service. They aim to help you build a sustained, holistic and purposeful lifelong recovery from addiction.

Jo introduces the Recovery Cafe at Akeman Community Centre

CRS provide a safe and open space to enable those in all stages of recovery to learn from and support each other. They recognise the importance of community and connection in recovery, all their groups being led by a mix of staff and trained volunteers, most of whom have lived experience and all of whom believe passionately in helping others heal from addiction.

All of CRS’s groups and activities are drop-in with no appointment needed to attend. Their activities include:

Akeman Recovery Café – this is an open, relaxed group where you can drop in to have a cup of tea or coffee and check in and chat with the CRS team. There are arts and crafts activities available, and holistic therapy sessions are run during the group. You can get involved in these activities as much or as little as you wish. The group meet at Akeman Community Centre every Wednesday from 12pm – 3pm. See upcoming dates on the CRS timetable.

A regular attendee at Akeman Recovery Café said: “I love coming here. I love the artwork. When you struggle with mental health, it can get you out of your head. I can come here and socialise with other people, it gives me something to look forward to.”

Auricular (ear) acupuncture and other holistic activities – to aid in mindfulness and promote calm and relaxation.

Mutual aid groups– Recovery support focussed with the aim of people in recovery supporting people in recovery.

Arts and crafts sessions – CRS run a range of short and long term projects that you can get involved in. Contact them directly to find out what is currently running.

Online and face to face meetings – CRS run a variety of online meetings that you can log into.

SMART Recovery – this mutual aid group is a peer led session which aims to support people with the tools and techniques to manage their recovery. For more info click here.

Friends and Family support meetings – There sessions are aimed at supporting the family, friends and carers of those impacted by substance misuse and addiction. For more info click here. 

All upcoming events are listed on the CRS website. For those wanting additional support to attend activities, CRS can be contacted through their website and Facebook page. They are happy to connect you with the facilitator of the group for more information

This service is free.


Walking into Akeman Community Centre

How to contact

Where to go

82 Akeman St
Cambridge CB4 3HG

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