The mission of the Soho Recovery Centre is to open and maintain a space in Central London that can be used for meetings of 12 Step Fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, AlAnon and Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous etc.
There are spaces like this across the world but London has no such dedicated facility.
Alcohol, substance and other addictions are on the rise and are devastating lives, impacting personal relationships, causing career breakdown and, in some instances, leading to tragic consequences.
12 Step recovery meetings are a vital way for addicts to find and maintain long-term recovery.
The Soho Recovery Centre is a safe space in the heart of London for 12-Step recovery meetings to take place.
Meetings already happen across London but are subject to the demands and limitations of their hosts.
Rents are rising and buildings close for holidays when meetings are often needed most.
Smaller fellowships struggle to find meeting places they can afford while many addicts in the early stages of their recovery find it challenging to locate meetings across London, particularly when they have no contacts within the fellowships.
The Soho Recovery Centre will be an easy place for newcomers to find, where they can meet other members and become familiar with the workings and locations of other meetings, as well as those held at the centre itself.
This model has been very successful in many other cities.
Examples include the West Hollywood Recovery Center, Perry Street in New York, Alano clubs across the USA, and the Rainbow Recovery Room in Sydney.
Indeed the first such space was opened in NYC in 1940 with a group of early AA members signing the lease on a clubhouse space which Bill and Lois Wilson lived above.
The SRC will be a simple room of about 1000 sq ft for meetings to use.
It will have its own entrance, kitchen and toilets but little more.
Those groups looking for a meeting space will be able to take a weekly slot and contribute according to the number of their attendees, rather than a flat rate.
The SRC will then build a weekly schedule of meetings that will be unaffected by holidays, outside rentals etc.
The SRC is a registered UK charity run accordingly by a board of trustees, guided by the 12 Traditions of AA.
However, the SRC has no affiliation to AA or any other 12 Step program.
A Steering Committee will take responsibility for the day to day running of the centre.
The SRC will generate revenue from meeting contributions, donations and recurring subscriptions from supporters.