Women's Programme

The Nelson Trust Women's Service has been developed to meet the needs of women wanting to access abstinence-based residential addiction treatment.  Many women come to treatment with a history of trauma and with multiple and complex needs. We therefore provide a contained therapeutic environment with a higher ratio of staff to clients, where women can work together to address their substance misuse and these underlying issues safely. Staff deliver a trauma-informed approach to supporting the clients to achieve long term recovery.     

The Women’s House is staffed by experienced female counsellors and support workers.  We provide a children’s visiting facility in a self-contained flat so that women who are mothers can have their children to stay overnight.  Where there is a need to provide supervised contact with their children this need can be accommodated.  Clients are also able to access a range of specialist support services at our ISIS Women’s Centres which are operated by the Nelson Trust in nearby Gloucester and Swindon.  This includes a specialist Women’s Safety Worker and gender-specific aftercare support. 

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The Women’s Service programme includes women-only process groups, trauma recovery group, eating recovery group and a specialist women’s workshop programme.  Dedicated sexual health support is also provided.

We take a holistic approach, addressing physical and mental well-being, relationships and wider social issues, offering a structured care plan that is designed to meet each woman’s individual needs.  Women can choose from a range of therapeutic activities - workshops, courses, groups and individual counselling - which means that their recovery is truly person-centred. Women will feel more empowered, improve their personal sense of well-being, and develop their self-esteem and life skills during their treatment. Many of the workshops are designed and delivered in a trauma-informed way.

Women and their families - can access expert help from our Family Therapy team.  We also provide housing and finance support, and we offer a comprehensive education and training programme.   (Some elements of the education and training programme will be in integrated groups with our mixed-gender programme.) We support all our clients to achieve their personal goals and aspirations, build confidence to continue their recovery back in the community, and move forward towards education, employment, settled housing and lifelong independence. 

Who is it for?

The Women’s Service programme is for any woman (17 or over) who wants to address their drug or alcohol dependence in a female-only and abstinent environment. All clients are required to be drug and alcohol free on arrival, having already completed detox if necessary. Women who would find this service to be particularly relevant are: those with a history of childhood sexual abuse , domestic and sexual violence or of sex-working;  women with a pattern of relapse linked to forming unhelpful relationships with men, perhaps in previous treatment episodes; or women with children who would like to make use of the Children’s Visiting Facility.

For some women, coming on the Women's Programme was "the best decision I made"...

We can work with women who have a diagnosed mental health condition and those who are still involved with the criminal justice system: for example we can manage Home Detention Curfew conditions and we work closely with Probation services for those on supervision orders. For more detailed information about referral, assessment and admission please click on the box on the right.