For­mer pub helps young peo­ple get back on feet

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER Birm­ing­ham pub is be­gin­ning a new lease of life as a cof­fee shop staffed by peo­ple re­build­ing their lives af­ter ad­dic­tion, men­tal health prob­lems and home­less­ness.

The up­per floor of the Adam and Eve pub in Dig­beth had al­ready been re­stored as flats for home­less peo­ple look­ing to get back on their feet.

Now the bar has been turned into ‘Evolve’ – a café and event space de­signed to pro­vide young peo­ple with train­ing.

An­nette Flem­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive of char­ity Aquar­ius, which runs the café, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be re-open­ing the doors of this renowned build­ing. Our ex­pert team will now be able to work hand in hand with our young peo­ple in both the café and event space to give them vi­tal train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that will sup­port their long term re­cov­ery.”

The pub’s owner, Spring Hous­ing, runs the apart­ments and of­fered the café to Aquar­ius, with a rent free pe­riod.

Spring Hous­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Do­minic Bradley, said: “Spring Hous­ing sup­ports peo­ple across the city who have hous­ing needs but for us, that’s just the first step. We want to pro­vide long-term sta­bil­ity for our young peo­ple and train­ing and em­ploy­ment are a key part of that. We have been able to work with Aquar­ius on the Evolve project by pro­vid­ing space to them for a rent free pe­riod, which has given them the op­por­tu­nity to set up a vi­tal so­cial en­ter­prise that will help to pro­vide that sta­bil­ity for our young peo­ple in the fu­ture.”

The pub closed at the end of 2014 af­ter a string of vi­o­lent at­tacks.

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