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 review sets out the development of our services which, despite the ongoing challenging operating environment, continue to grow.

To further our ambition that any woman needing our services in the region we work in at least has the opportunity to access them, we opened our fantastic new women’s centre in Bridgwater. We have developed and designed services which divert women from the criminal justice system, supported women caught up in County Line activity and facilitated exit strategies for women street sex working: we are also doing impressive work with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Despite a large drop in the number of referrals into residential treatment for men and women nationally, we continue to buck the trend by receiving a consistently high number of referrals and working successfully with them. This is perhaps testament to our commitment to continually evolve and develop our service provision.

We hosted a national conference which showcased a report produced by Lancaster University into the impact and coordination of our SWOP (sex worker outreach project) service which revealed very impressive outcomes.

The knowledge and expertise we have accumulated over the years is now being used to enhance our social impact by delivering accredited training and trauma-informed approaches to a number of statutory and voluntary sector agencies.

Our social enterprise oriented services, The Clean Plate, The Sober Parrot and The Spirit Level, continue to grow and support people in early recovery. They also raise awareness that recovery is possible and continue to address the stigma associated with drug and alcohol dependence. At the same time, they attract and support a number of community based initiatives that function better in a drug and alcohol free environment.

In delivering these award-winning services, what consistently stands out is the praise our staff receive from all who come into contact with them. Most importantly to us, the praise staff receive from clients. It is an honour and privilege to work with and for them and they make The Nelson Trust an environment characterised by passion, commitment, innovation and hope.

To our friends, supporters and donors, new and old thank you for accompanying us on our journey. It simply wouldn’t be possible without you. Please share our success with us, please share it with others and we hope to see you at our 10-year celebration of our first Women’s Centre on the 18th June 2020.

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