Weymouth Coffee Tavern gets a new lease of life
REACH Drug & Alcohol Services, Dorset’s free, open access substance misuse service is opening a new community hub in Weymouth. Weymouth Coffee Tavern at 24 High West St is a welcoming environment for REACH’s skilled and passionate team to offer a wide variety of help and support for anyone experiencing issues with alcohol or drugs. While the support is a little different during COVID, REACH has remained open throughout the pandemic, offering a flexible blend of professional help that is keeping people and families safe.
The Weymouth Coffee Tavern allows REACH to offer a full range of services under one roof from individual recovery work to group sessions and medically assisted treatments. REACH’s work and pro-active, caring approach has attracted much praise in the sector and it was singled out by its Dorset Commissioners for the way that it has adapted so quickly and professionally during COVID.
Cllr Gill Taylor, Dorset Council’s Councillor for Westham Ward said: “REACH have done excellent work for our community over the years in supporting local residents in need. They are well respected for the work they have done addressing challenging issues in society with professionality and compassion.
“The opening of this new hub in Weymouth will be an asset to the local community and the wider Dorset and I look forward to their opening. “
Finding the perfect venue for REACH’s new community hub has been a long process. Beth Davies, Head of Service and Development for REACH Dorset, said “the Weymouth Coffee Tavern ticks all boxes; it is a central location, has good transport links and it is spacious, allowing us to offer the full range of treatments for our clients to help them make positive changes, enabling them to reconnect with friends, family and their communities”.
“REACH is an invaluable service for Weymouth and across Dorset” said Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health. “We know that the support they offer helps improve people’s quality of life – not just for their clients but their families and the wider community”.
Timothy, one user of REACH’s vital substance misuse services shows just how important their help and support is when people like him are locked away at home, often without their usual support networks around them. “REACH has saved my life. Since the start of the pandemic, they have continued to support me using ‘Zoom’ groups, which has helped me to not feel isolated. I look forward to seeing everyone face to face in the future’.