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23 February 2012

Exciting Developments for Recovery LinkUp Cafés

We are very pleased to announce that we are opening two new café venues. 

The first will be in Forest Hill, Lewisham – and the café will run every Thursday evening between 6.30 and 9.30pm.   The Recovery LinkUp Café Lewisham will be open from 8th March.

The second venue will be in Barking.  This café will take place every Wednesday evening between 6.30 and 10pm.  The Barking recovery café will be opening early in April. 

See the Recovery LinkUp Café page of this website for further details.

January 2012

Recovery Resources Foundation is now running an Ongoing Support and Discussion Group, aimed at preventing relapse. The group, facilitated by an experienced counsellor is held every week on a Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 3.30pm at The Cornerstone.

The group is for men and women. Places are limited, and an initial assessment will be carried out to assess suitability for the group.

For further information, please call 0203 581 0706 or email

2 August 2011

Closing Date for Applications Extended

The closing date for applications for Recovery LinkUp Cafe Part Time Manager has been extended to Monday 22 August. See the Opportunities page of this website for further details.


12 July 2011

Women in Recovery Wednesdays

The Women in Recovery project is now taking place every Wednesday evening at 1 Beulah Road, Walthamstow E17 9LG.

The project includes workshops, meditation evenings and a variety of activities, including belly dance, yoga and creative workshops.

Workshops will cover topics such as Healthy Relationships, Boundaries, Self Esteem, Managing Stress and Body Image.

Visit the women in recovery website for information about what's on.

All activities are free for women in recovery from addiction, but we do appreciate a donation towards our costs.

Most sessions start at 7pm and aim to finish about 9pm or 9.30pm.

15 May 2011

Mayor and MP at Launch of New Recovery LinkUp Cafe

launchStella Creasey MP and The Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Masood Ahmed, were at the launch of the Recovery LinkUp Café in Walthamstow Village on Saturday 14 May.


Joined by more than 40 guests, they enjoyedlaunch2 afternoon tea, and welcomed this expansion to the recovery café offering. The Mayor officially opened the café by cutting the ribbon and speaking to the visitors about the need for help for those who have experienced addiction.  He recalled the opening of the first café in Leyton just a few months ago, and congratulated the café team for their hard work and dedication, that has led to opening the new venue in such a short space of time.

launch3Beryl Pothin, Volunteer Café Manager, spoke movingly about the ups and downs of her journey from addiction into Recovery. She shared with the audience her commitment to helping people achieve abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction, and her passion for this new charity.  


In the relaxing and convivial atmosphere of the new venue, the guests applauded the Saturday opening.

Christina Ball, Chief Executive of Recovery Resources Foundation said:  “After the success of our first café, we are pleased and proud to be opening our second venue in Walthamstow.  We plan to open two new venues over the next 6 months, with the next Recovery LinkUp Cafés being in South and North London, so that we can offer this to more people across London." 

She spoke of the Charity’s vision, and how she hopes that coming to the cafés, making use of our projects and volunteering for the charity can contribute to helping people overcome addiction and maintain their abstinence.

Recovery LinkUp Cafes are for men and women who are in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions and provide a relaxing drug and alcohol free space.  The Saturday café will be offering affordable breakfast and lunchtime snacks, as well as a range of coffee, teas and soft drinks.

Recovery LinkUp Cafes are a not-for-profit project of Recovery Resources Foundation, a new charity established to provide innovative solutions to help men and women maintain abstinence.

9 May 2011

New Recovery LinkUp Café set to open

The second of London’s Recovery LinkUp Cafés will be launched on Saturday 14th May in Walthamstow Village.

The café is for men and women who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  It offers a safe space to relax, meet up with others and sells affordable snacks and beverages.  The Saturday café will be selling a variety of coffees, teas and freshly squeezed juice, as well as a range of breakfast and lunchtime snacks and will be open between 10am and 2pm. 

The café will be open every Saturday from 21st May.

The first café in Leyton opened at the end of last year and is open every Tuesday evening.  One of the customers said:

“I’ve been coming to the Tuesday LinkUp Café quite regularly since it opened last year.  As well as enjoying the company, the atmosphere and some really good meals, I get great strength from coming here every week, and always leave feeling better than when I came in.  It’s great to have somewhere to spend an evening that doesn’t cost too much, and in the company of people who understand how hard it can sometimes be to battle with addiction, as they have been there themselves.”

The second venue is in the Turning Point building in Beulah Road.  Nigel Barton, Service Manager at Turning Point said:

“I am delighted to be in a position to offer our support to this new initiative.  Many of our clients and ex-clients have been making great use of and enjoying the Tuesday Recovery LinkUp Café and this latest offering will ensure that there is something available for them at the weekends too. 

Weekends can often be very difficult for people who are struggling with drug and alcohol problems.  Particularly after treatment is completed, there can be a real danger of them becoming isolated, which can often be a trigger for relapse.  We wish this new venture every success!”

The cafes are managed and run by volunteers, the majority of whom are in recovery themselves. 

Recovery LinkUp Cafés were established by Recovery Resources Foundation, a new London charity which is providing a range of unique initiatives to help people maintain abstinence.


Recovery LinkUp Cafes are not open to the general public.


14 April 2011

Women in Recovery enjoy a little spring pampering

pday2Twelve women, all in recovery from drug/alcohol and other addictions enjoyed an afternoon of rest, relaxation and pampering – along with a little more energetic belly dancing, for some!

The event, part of our Women in Recovery project took place on Sunday 27 March in Walthamstow.  

The women were able to select from back and shoulder massage, a relaxing foot spa, hand and arm massage or a visit to our very own Podiatrist.  Also on offer was a do-it-yourself or with a friend nail bar.

Our ladies also had the opportunity to take part in a yoga taster class with Hayley, meditations and an enormously enjoyable belly dance lesson with Zara. 


The feedback from the day was exceptional, with everyone stating how much they had enjoyed themselves, with the only negative being that the day ended !! 

“I feel so much more relaxed.” 

“I could not have afforded to do this through normal means.”

“A truly wonderful day”

pday1Thanks are due to all of those volunteers who turned out to help on the day:  therapists Gerri and Sue, chiropodist Stella, foot and hand masseuses – Sandra and Luan;  receptionists Tamara and Rhianna; as well as Beryl and Sharon. 

We would also like to thank Hayley Yoga; Zara’s Zouk belly dance; and Turning Point, Walthamstow for the use of their building.

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1 March 2011 Press Release


We are delighted to announce that Recovery Resources Foundation has been successful in its application to become a registered charity.

After many months of hard work put in by everyone who is connected with the organisation - organising and running fundraising events, attending meetings, starting up the first of our London Recovery Cafés and the Women in Recovery project – this is a real milestone in our development.

This unique new initiative in the field of addiction Recovery has been commended by professionals in the addiction field, and welcomed by our clients.   

Chief Executive, Christina Ball said,

“We are so grateful to all of our supporters and volunteers who continue to have faith in the work that we are doing.  Without their help this would not have been possible. 

"Over the coming months and years, we will continue to extend the services and projects that we offer - not only giving those in addiction recovery the opportunity to work with an exciting new venture, but also developing innovative ways of supporting men and women in recovery, helping to prevent relapse.”

Our registered charity number is 1140604 and our entry can now be seen on the Charity Commissioners website.


1 December 2010 Press Release


Unltd, the charity that supports social entrepreneurs has given a £3000 Award to help with the running costs of Recovery Cafes.

The Award, granted to Christina Ball, founder of the charity and the cafes, will be used to pay for supplies and equipment as well as running costs.

Christina said "I was delighted to hear of the Unltd Award, which I believe demonstrates the value of the project, and will help to ensure the success the first Recovery LinkUp Cafe. As it is run as a not-for-profit enterprise, this means that we can make sure that prices remain affordable to those who come along to make use of the cafe."

Leyton Recovery LinkUp Cafe has been open since October 2010, and provides a safe space for men and women who are in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions and is currently open once a week on a Tuesday evening.

The cafe also offers opportunities for volunteers, primarily those in recovery, to get involved in all aspects of the cafe, from business management through to cooking and serving customers.

Nike Adamson, a cafe volunteer who travels from South to East London every Tuesday evening, said that she is really excited to be involved in the early days of the new Recovery charity. She feels that the cafe really fills a gap in the addiction field that to date hasn't really been catered for - particularly for men and women who in their early days are susceptible to relapse due to isolation and lack of affordable places to go during the evenings.

Nike is looking forward to seeing the project expand across London over the next year, as well as the development of the other initiatives planned by the charity.


Note to editors:

UnLtd's Millennium Awards provide practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs in the UK; people with vision, passion, drive and commitment, who want to change the world for the better.

For further information contact: Christina Ball, Recovery Resources Foundation, The Cornerstone, 149 Canterbury Road, Leyton, London E10 6EH. 0208 558 2121 x 28 or email Christina


23 November 2010


Employees of top city accountants, BDO Stoy Hayward, took part in a fundraising quiz last week, to raise money for new charity Recovery Resources Foundation.   Thirteen teams took part - from the trainees to the tax inspectors - and raised a magnificent sum of over £850.

The event, organised by one of BDO’s employees, Tamara Howe (who also volunteers as events co-ordinator for the Charity), was supported by a number of companies and retailers in and around Baker Street, who provided some fantastic raffle prizes and table sponsorship.  The Company's caterers, Charlton House, supplied a superb Thai buffet.

Christina Ball, Chief Executive of Recovery Resources Foundation, expressed her thanks on behalf of the charity, to everyone who took part and those who helped to contribute to a successful evening.

The money raised will be of great help with the charity running costs in its early months of operation.


After the roaring success of our last quiz night, another is being held over the festive season.

Tickets are £10 each and include a fish 'n' chip supper and light refreshments. Please do try to come along and support a much needed and very worthwhile cause.

For those that didn't manage to make the last one, it was a very friendly night and many made new friends, as well as having a great time. As well as the quiz challenge, there is the opportunity to win one of many great raffle prizes and take part in other games.

Come along with friends or come on your own and join a team.

Raffle donations or table sponsorship would also be greatly appreciated.

Contact us for further information or to buy tickets.

1 November


The next two Women in Recovery workshops will be as follows:

Tuesday 16 November - Boundaries. The venue is the Quaker Meeting House in Walthamstow, 1a Jewel Road.

December's Self Esteem workshop will take place on the 14 December, also at the Quaker Meeting House.

Visit the workshop page of the Women in Recovery website for more details and how to book.

There is no charge for these workshops, but we do appreciate a donation towards room hire and refreshments.



Our first fundraising quiz evening was a great success, with 8 teams and more than 40 guests participating in the event, and raised £400 for the charity.

The Saturday evening quiz included a very enjoyable fish and chip supper and a prize raffle. Prizes were donated from local stores, as well as by friends of the charity.

Teams from local organisations, including Branches homeless hostel and a Leyton-based karate club battled for the winning place. The quiz resulted in a tie between two teams, and after a couple of tie-breaking questions was finally won by the Winning Tigers.

The next quiz is now being planned for the beginning of December, and a number of other fundraising events will take place throughout the coming months.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of the fundraising quiz has now been changed to Saturday 16 October.

Tickets still available. £10 per person, includes supper and complimentary beverage. Why not bring a team and test your general knowledge!! Or come on your own and join a team.

Tickets are available now from Tamara

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22 September 2010 PRESS RELEASE


Tuesday 21st September saw the launch of London’s first Recovery LinkUp Café, set up for people who are in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions.  

Guests included The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Masood Ahmed, and Leyton MP, who shared the official opening ceremony of the café – each taking a turn at cutting through the ribbon.

50 invited guests gathered at the relaxed and welcoming event, enjoying refreshments and engaging speeches from the Mayor and MP for Leyton.

The Recovery LinkUp Café initiative was praised by Waltham Forest Mayor, who said that he had been to many openings and launches, but had never been to such an important and groundbreaking project as this.  He shared his hopes that the charity and the café would be successful in raising funds to continue to achieve its vision of providing new and innovative solutions to help men and women who are trying to maintain abstinence from addiction.  He praised the volunteers who are associated with the café for their dedication to the work, admiring their drive and ambition.

Leyton MP, John Cryer, said that he understood how those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction and other compulsive behaviours, needed to have a space where they could relax free from the pressures of past destructive lifestyles and circles that can often lead them back into their addiction.  He believed that this was particularly the case after treatment was over, often due to lack of ongoing support and aftercare. 

Other guests included the charity trustees, representatives from the National Treatment Agency, Waltham Forest Substance Misuse commissioners, representatives from drug and alcohol treatment providers and other agencies who will be letting their clients know that they can make use of café once a week, and encouraging them to take up opportunities to volunteer for the charity.

Also present was Dot Dunwoodie-Kirk, the founder of WACS, one of the first abstinence day programmes in London.  This was particularly poignant as the founder of the new charity was one of the very first clients at Waltham Forest Alcohol Counselling Services (later known as 1NE). 

Founder and Chief Executive (Volunteer), Christina Ball, spoke passionately about the vision of the charity (Recovery Resources Foundation) being a vehicle through which people in recovery from addiction would have the opportunity to develop and flourish.  This would be initially through volunteering and helping others, but most importantly she hoped that they would be encouraged to tap into their often hidden skills and talents to become a vital part of the development of the Foundation. 

Christina stressed that the charity belongs to the people who need it most and it is up to them to bring their ideas, creativity and energy to help the organisation to grow.

Beryl Pothin, project leader of one of the charity’s projects, Women in Recovery, and also a volunteer described her own recovery journey, and the struggle not only of “getting clean” but “staying clean”.   Having worked in the addiction field and helped countless others to achieve and maintain abstinence, Beryl said that she was very excited to be associated with this new venture. 

After the official ceremony and the dignitaries had departed, there was a real sense of what the future of the café would be like, with over 30 men and women whose lives have been affected by addiction, sitting in small groups, chatting and supporting each other, in the friendly and welcoming environment of the LinkUp café.

The café will be open every Tuesday initially from 6.30 until 10pm at The Cornerstone in Leyton.  Recovery Linkup Café will offer very reasonable meals for men and women, with volunteers involved in managing, cooking and serving a variety of home-made meals, snacks and beverages.

Recovery LinkUp Cafes and other projects will be rolled out across London over the coming year. 

Recovery Resources Foundation and Recovery LinkUp Cafes are independent of any treatment centre or agency, and open to men and women in recovery from any addiction.


For further information contact:  Christina Ball, Recovery Resources Foundation, The Corner Stone, 149 Canterbury Road, Leyton, London E10 6EH.  0208 558 2121 x 28 email:

5 September 2010 - PRESS RELEASE


London’s first Recovery Café for people who are in recovery from addiction will be launched on the 21st September in Leyton. 

The weekly café, Recovery LinkUp, will be run by and for men and women who are in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions.   The café will be open from 6.30 till 10pm every Tuesday, starting from 28 September, at The Corner Stone in Canterbury Road. 

LinkUp Café offers a safe place to have a social and relaxing evening, with food and beverages being sold at affordable prices.  

There will be volunteering opportunities for men and women in recovery to work in the café and the charity’s other initiatives.

It will be officially opened by the Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Masood Ahmad.  John Cryer, the MP for Leyton will also attend the Launch.

The café is one of the ventures being set up by Recovery Resources Foundation, a new independent charity and social enterprise based in Leyton and operating across London. 


For further information contact:   Christina Ball, Recovery Resources Foundation, The Corner Stone, 149 Canterbury Road, Leyton, London E10 6EH.  0208 558 2121 x 28 or email Christina

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Our first workshop/group for will be held on 7th October 2010 in Holloway Road, N7. Places are limited, so please book early.

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Come and join us at our first fundraising event on 2nd October. Quiz with prizes for 1st, 2nd and Last teams. Prize raffle, heads and tails, word champions and Women in Recovery goods for sale.

£10 per person, includes supper and a complimentary beverage.

This is a non-alcohol event.

The Corner Stone, 149 Canterbury Road, Leyton, London E10 6EH

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Tickets are available now from Tamara

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Recovery Resources on-line bookshop is now open for business. We select books on recovery and addiction for our customers, and we choose our favourites and recommend books for you.

Browse the shelves. We welcome any suggestions for books that we should include in the shop.

A percentage of the profit from every book sold through the website goes to Recovery Resources Foundation and helps us to further our work.

Visit the bookshop now.

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