Tony Adams inspires clients at The Nelson Trust

On Monday 6th June, Tony Adams, MBE and one of the top Arsenal footballers of all time, came to share his story. Many clients explained how they identified very deeply with his experiences and said he had given them much hope for the future. They thanked him for his honesty, and appreciated having such a remarkable role-model. Read More

Highest standards of administration at The Nelson Trust with ISO 9001 certificate award

Thanks to the support of local business IMSM, The Nelson Trust is now proud owner of an ISO 9001 Certificate. This means that we meet the very highest international standards of administration. Sue Smith, Clinical Manager, explained ‘this is the quality assurance stamp. It will bring a huge amount of re-assurance to the Care Commissioners who make decisions about which rehab to choose.’ Read More

The Nelson Trust re-brand

Last year, we decided to conduct a review of our communications. We were lucky enough to meet James Quayle, brand expert, who has given his time, skills and considerable knowledge at a massively reduced fee to save on agency fees. Read More

Pioneering work with women and girls gets boost from Big Lottery

The Big Lottery has just invested £48.5 million in 63 organisations that improve the lives of women and girls, and The Nelson Trust is one of them. The need is great, but now more women at risk will regain control of their lives after extreme difficulties: homelessness; poor mental health; money worries; involvement in the social care system; sexual exploitation; domestic abuse and violence; abusive and traumatic events in childhood; and drug and alcohol problems. Read More

Swindon Women’s Centre celebrates turning lives around

At the end of May, we came together with funders, businesses, supporters and clients to celebrate our recent award at The Howard League for Penal Reform. Our Sex Worker Outreach Project in Swindon came runners-up in the prestigious women’s category. At the helm are Sue Lee, now Manager at the Centre, and Lou Kuklinski of Wiltshire Police. Every week, they go out in their van to patrol Swindon’s red light district in order to get women into their care instead of putting themselves in danger by sex working. Sue explained more about this pioneering work: ‘I believe passionately that these really vulnerable women at risk need a voice. They are under the radar; they are extremely vulnerable to physical and sexual violence and the main reason they’re out there is because they have a Class A drug addiction.’ Read More

Calling on drug & alcohol treatment centres to give sex workers a voice

Kirsty Tate, Outreach Worker at The Nelson Trust, calls on drug and alcohol treatment centres across the UK to give sex working women a voice. Kirsty is an Outreach Worker to sex working women, based at The Nelson Trust’s Women’s Centre in Gloucester. Driven by a determination to lead these women into residential drug treatment, she runs a drop-in for a red light district of the city. She has developed The Griffin Program to enable women to heal from the effects of sex working. This specialist treatment is delivered at The Nelson Trust’s residential service in Stroud. Kirsty has been a Griffin Fellow and this executive summary is the result of her research for The Griffins Society, funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation. Read More

Clay Shoot and Black Tie Dinner 2016

The Annual Clay Shoot and Black Tie Dinner held on Friday 13th May at Berkeley Castle and the Folly raised over £30,000 for The Nelson Trust. 24 teams participated in the shoot, with Edward Notley Kent’s team winning the Richard Lister Trophy. 105 people attended the dinner in the Great Hall at Berkeley Castle. Jazz from The Delphian Singers enhanced the ambience and the evening was rounded off with an auction. The new Nelson Trust Grand Prize Draw was launched on the night. This will close on 30th November 2016, so there’s plenty of time to buy more when you attend another Nelson Trust event. This is your chance to win a brand new Peugeot 108 Active provided by Warners Motors. Read More

The Art of Recovery 2016

The Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square is a very special haven for women who need extra support to get their lives back on track after dark times. Thanks to funding from Gloucestershire Community Foundation, some have been benefiting from art workshops with Stroud artist, Katie McCue, every Friday for the last year. Addiction, childhood trauma, abuse, violence, offending and mental health problems are very isolating, but the art workshops bring confidence, fresh focus and the opportunity to make new friends. This is what they say: Read More

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Staff at Gloucester-based Ecclesiastical Insurance have voted The Nelson Trust as their charity partner. It’s the perfect match. By working with The Nelson Trust, Ecclesiastical will be combining two goals: to preserve heritage; and to protect the vulnerable. For clients in rehab after years of addiction, The Nelson Trust Treatment Centre is a very special place for healing. But there’s one problem - it’s a listed building in need of TLC. Help is at hand from Ecclesiastical’s army of volunteers. They will transform the Centre from the inside out and even give the stunning hillside garden a makeover. Plans by garden designer and historian Marion Mako are now set to become a reality. Alongside its charity business, Ecclesiastical is well known for its specialist cover for historic buildings and heritage properties and can draw upon its expertise in this area to help plan and deliver the project. Read More

Call for volunteers for sex worker outreach project 2016

Karen Johnston, Sex Worker Outreach Co-ordinator at The Nelson Trust, is calling for volunteers to give just one evening a month to reach out to sex workers in Swindon and Gloucester. Read More