The Nelson Trust
Passionate about Recovery.

Royal Visit

A very special Royal Visit, Nov 2016

We were honoured to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to our award winning Women's Centre in Gloucester. HRH talked with staff, supporters and women accessing the centre about the service.

Our client said

“HRH was very nice and it seemed like she actually cared. It meant a lot that she really listened to what we were saying.”

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Annual Lecture: Vicky Pryce "Through My Eyes"

Date: November 17th 2017 Venue: Beaudesert Park School Time: 6pm, reception. Lecture to start 7pm


Education, training and employment form a huge part of our residential and community based programmes. Learning, creativity and recreation are all key parts of recovery.

What clients say...

"It gave me hope and confidence that I could succeed out there living a normal life - that was really significant for me"

Women's Community Centres

The Nelson Trust Women’s Centres are community based services transforming the lives of vulnerable women at risk of offending or reoffending, including those affected by substances.

Henna’s Story

"I would just say come in and meet the staff. They make you feel so much better about yourself. It’s a lot about confidence building and nobody here judges you."

Royal Visit to STAR Training Centre, Sept 2015

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attended our STAR (skills, training, arts and recreation) Centre to meet trustees, staff members and clients. The event marked our 30th Anniversary and the contribution made by the centre to the wellbeing of people struggling with addiction, enabling them to learn new skills and gain vital qualifications for the workplace.

National Women's Conference, London, October 2015

This conference celebrated 30 years of influencing change for women. Policy-shapers, professionals, academics, front-line staff, and the women we've helped all came together to share best practise, knowledge and insight. All went home inspired to enable vulnerable women and girls in the UK to re-build their lives after difficult times.

Women's Programme

The Nelson Trust provides a women-only programme to help women recovering from addiction and trauma

Our clients say...

"To be in an all-women project for me was the best because half the women there had been through similar things to me...I could be more open and honest there"

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A fond farewell to Charles Fisher!

A fond farewell to Charles Fisher as he retires as Chair of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on its 10th anniversary. Thank you for all your support! We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Charles Fisher for supporting The Nelson Trust and wish him well in all his future endeavors – enjoy your retirement Charles! We would also like to congratulate The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust upon reaching its 10th birthday and to thank them for all that they do to support local communities. The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, together with the Westmorland Family, form the unique partnership behind the development of the innovative Gloucester Services that will plough an estimated £10m into local community initiatives through major grants that will come from shares of the service’s turnover, of which The Nelson Trust is a beneficiary. To celebrate their milestone achievement, The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust chose to award £60,000 to their six core community partners, including The Nelson Trust, which received a staggering £10,000! This generosity is set to continue as each of the six beneficiaries will receive £100,000 over the next five years. In recognition of its 10th anniversary, Carlyn Chishom hosted a celebratory dinner at the Houses of Parliament that was attended by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust Trustees, Westmorland Family directors and managers, Gloucester Services staff and local residents, and representatives from all six community partners. John Trolan, Chief Executive of The Nelson Trust said: “It was an honour for Nelson Trust to attend the dinner which acknowledged the contribution Charles Fisher made to the development of the Gateway Trust. The dinner marked Charles’ retirement as Chair of the Board of Trustees and as beneficiary of trust funds we are hugely grateful for all his hard work. We would also like to thank Baroness Chisholm for hosting what was a marvellous event.”