We can only help people on their journey with the generous support of many people and organisations.
Dame Janet Trotter, OBE, DBE, CVO, Chair of Trustees and John Trolan, CEO
This year we are delighted to welcome The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek as our new President. Bishop Rachel actively champions many of our concerns around addiction and women in the Criminal Justice System. She has provided invaluable support over the past few years and we are delighted she has accepted the invitation to represent us in this important role.
We are excited to confirm our plans to open our fourth Women’s centre which will be in the heart of Bristol. There has been a 30 percent increase in women accessing our services. The need for this support is greater than ever with more women presenting with financial issues, accommodation needs and with increasingly complex backgrounds including childhood trauma.
Providing a women-only safe space to help women address their setbacks is one way we break down barriers to accessing support. We are very grateful to Bristol Community Health for their gift which is helping us secure a permanent location for the new Bristol Women’s Centre. Along with the other grant recipients we are looking forward to creating a legacy for Bristol women that BCH can be proud of. In June, we were honoured to be one of three beneficiaries of the sale of the building formerly owned by Park Street Mission, which was set up in 1880 by Edith Sessions, a Quaker and the first woman magistrate in Gloucestershire. We have dedicated a plaque to Edith Sessions in the garden at the Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square.
As we continue to develop our Residential Services for men and women, we are listening carefully to the voices of lived experience. Kirsty Day has been appointed Head of Recovery and we are confident she will lead us forward in a way that gives clients the best possible chance of a lasting recovery.
Our Hub Enterprises provide an important connection between addiction recovery and the wider community. The Clean Plate continues to provide a welcoming spot for the recovery community as well as the public to gather in Gloucester. The new Sober Parrot manager Sam Tribe is developing a structured programme to equip people in early recovery with the skills and confidence to move back into the workforce.
A vital cog keeping the wheels of The Nelson Trust turning is our Hub Maintenance Team, who do a top job maintaining all our properties as well as taking on some jobs for private clients. That many of our clients want to stay with us in this capacity shows the profound impact we have on their lives.
One way we hope to engage more with our local community is through offering the space at our Hub Academy to artists and groups in our area. From this base we also offer our expanding suite of accredited professional development courses which we have delivered to 70 organisations.
This recognition of our expertise in trauma-informed services is a source of pride for all of us. We face a lot of uncertainty in the year ahead (including to funding sources) due to the unfolding global pandemic caused by Covid-19. Working with people in addiction and women facing multiple vulnerabilities, we are acutely aware that our services will perhaps be even more vital at this time. We will do all we can to keep our services running smoothly despite coronavirus, while keeping the wellbeing of our clients and staff as our priority.
As always, our greatest source of pride is our amazing clients who work so hard, embracing the opportunities we provide and moving forward in their lives. They continue to motivate us to do better year after year. And finally, our friends, supporters and donors – thank you for supporting us and believing in our clients. Together we are making change possible.
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