The Shed Café, a new recovery initiative from Stornoway's The Shed Project, will open its doors on Tuesday 5 December.
Based at The Shed Project building on Francis Street, the café will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm, and will be staffed by both Shed staff and those in addiction recovery.
Serving hot food as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks, the café will act as a social space that will allow customers to engage with individuals whose lives have been affected by alcoholism or addiction, aiding those individuals on their recovery journey.
The Shed Project decided to open the café as part of its ongoing review of its work, and to develop its partnership with the Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP NHS Western Isles). ADP assisted with funding the café project, and will also provide initial funding to cover some of the initial staff costs.
The project will also offer skills development opportunities for users that make up The Well and The Ark, recovery support programmes run through The Shed.
Fiona Douglas, manager of The Shed Project, said: “The Shed Café is a further extension of our services to the recovery community and our local community. A place that will provide a warm and welcoming space to all and offer opportunity and connection for those on their recovery journey.
"All servers in the café have experience of recovery themselves and want to give something back. We are delighted to be offering this new venture and hope it will be a source of encouragement for the whole community.
"When The Shed Café opens next Tuesday and following, we look forward to welcoming all within our community to come and enjoy this new space.”