30th Anniversary Story - Frankie Morris

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'Whether you come from a park bench or from Park Lane, if you have an addiction, it wants you dead.' Read More

30th Anniversary Story - Bob

Bob Jones* first arrived at the Nelson Trust in July 2008 after leaving prison in 2007. Since his early teens Bob had been drinking heavily, losing jobs and unable to turn up to work. Bob would drink and use and became unable to hold down a job. Prison provided respite. After leaving prison in 2007 Bob found accommodation but was living with people who were drinking and using and he knew he had to leave for his own good. Read More

New sex worker project in Swindon recognised at national awards

A year into a new collaboration aimed at getting vulnerable sex workers off the streets, the ISIS Women's Centre in Swindon was shortlisted for a national award. Sex outreach worker Sue Lee started in her post last year, and works hand in hand with vice liaison officer Lou Kuklinski, of Wiltshire Police. Read More

Family Support Weekend for those affected by a loved one's substance misuse

The Nelson Trust is providing support to families and carers with their weekend seminar designed specifically for one or two family members or close friends. Read More

Prison in-reach - helping mothers reunite with their children

Earlier this year, we were awarded a grant to support in-reach to Gloucestershire residents at HMP Eastwood Park by our long-standing supporters The Summerfield Trust. Here is a story of Lorraine who was one of the first to be impacted by this new in-reach project. Read More

The Nelson Trust hosts record-breaking numbers at their 30th Anniversary reunion and fete

Record-breaking numbers of past clients and their families celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Saturday 11th July. 170 people came from all corners of the UK to celebrate this very special landmark and their own recovery from addiction. Our founder, Mary Brash who lives just up the hill in Amberley, cut the huge cake. She was presented with some flowers in acknowledgement of all the hard work that she and her husband put in to get the charity set up back in 1985. A fantastic spread was laid on by The Nelson Trust’s most recent project, The Hub Bistro, a newly-opened café in Gloucester with an outside catering service. We all finished lunch with the usual Serenity Prayer and went into an all-singing, all-dancing bonanza of a Fete and Family Fun Day. Read More

30th Anniversary Story - Lorna

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Lorna Higgs (51) understands that you’re not born with mental health problems – she knows from experience that trauma causes them. Lorna now lives contentedly in the very road in Oxford where her mother and grandmother grew up. At the age of 11, she won a scholarship to a private school, but drink ruined her life. Read her story to find out how change is possible: Read More

Glorious Gardens and Marvellous Meadows

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On Monday 22nd June, our dedicated supporters came together for a private viewing of the Coronation Meadow at Hyde Mill, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, by kind invitation of Hugh and Rosie Tollemache. The Coronation Meadow was an idea of HRH The Prince of Wales, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, and to create a meadow in every county to protect the UK’s remaining meadows and use them as springboards for the creation of new meadows right across the country. Read More

Vote for Jo! ISIS Key Worker nominated for national award

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“When the Crown Court judge asked me for my professional opinion before he sentenced my client…that really brought home to me how far I had come!” Read More

A Client's Reflection

When clients complete their treatment they often write a reflection of their journey at Nelson Trust. Here is what one of our clients recently said: Read More