'I feel the need to put something back' - Steve Dixon from Changes Charity opens a dry bar

Steve Dixon is setting up a pub with a difference - there won't be any beer!

There's no beer over here

Friday, April 29, 2016

Steve Dixon is setting up a pub with a difference - there won't be any beer!

Yes, that's right, the 'boozer', based in Birmingham, will be alcohol free. It's aimed at both those in recovery from alcohol related problems, and others in the community.

It's part of an overall project set up by Changes Charity, which also includes a gardening and building business, where people in abstinent recovery can work to build upon their skills to move into employment.

Dixon has had problems with alcohol abuse in the past, and he told Paul Ross: “I feel the need to put something back, to make opportunities for people to be able to go out and have fun without the need to take drugs or alcohol.”

The venue will host bands and comedians, and should be a safe and friendly environment.

“A lot of the community want to go out and not be around people who are drinking, falling over and spilling beer on them," he added.

Dixon feels the help Changes can give can be vital for empowering people and getting them back into work.

“They can be an asset to the community rather than a burden," he concluded.