Our Women’s Community Services are countywide across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. Services are trauma-informed and gender responsive providing holistic support for women and their families.

We accept referrals from any professional or women may refer themselves. Every woman is offered a  detailed individual assessment of their needs across nine “pathways”:

  • accommodation
  • physical and mental health
  • drugs and alcohol
  • finance and benefits
  • family and relationships
  • domestic abuse
  • sex working
  • education and training
  • attitudes, thinking and behaviour
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Each client has their own Keyworker who works with them to develop a support plan to address their needs. This will be achieved through one-to-one sessions, group work and access to specialist services across the county. Keyworkers co-create support plans with women to address their needs. They run group sessions including Beyond Anger, Parenting groups, Relapse prevention, Pattern Changing and Mentoring. They also engage in outreach including home visits, hospital visits, GP appointments, court advocacy and others.

Throughout the week the Women’s Centres offer a full timetable of activities, including accredited educational courses, workshops, drop-ins and groups which cover well-being, life skills and creative activities. We have an onsite crèche facility, showers, washing machine, garden and a café area.

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Programme Services

Our Women’s Centres offer vulnerable women and families a diverse and comprehensive programme of services that encompasses the following, click on the links for more details.

  • Emotional well-being and self-esteem building
  • Creative workshops and life skills activities
  • In-house courses, leading to qualifications
  • Key worker and Family support services
  • In-house crèche
  • Support for domestic abuse and substance misuse
  • Accommodation and benefit advice
  • Community Sentences and Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) programme
  • Re-Unite Gloucestershire
  • Community outreach
  • Sex-worker outreach
  • Prison In-reach to HMP Eastwood Park and at the gate pick-up
  • Rural outreach to young girls at risk of Anti-social behaviour (ASB), substance misuse and offending
  • Support for families of young girls at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

OUR PROJECTS

Project SHE
Prison in-reach
Rural Outreach
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
SWOP
GEM Project
Education, training and employment
Project SHE

SHE stands for Support, Help, and Engagement and is the name of the point of arrest diversion scheme for women in Avon and Somerset. SHE offers an opportunity for some women who have been arrested to avoid a charge, a court appearance and potentially a prison sentence by agreeing to engage with SHE and a range of support interventions.

 

We strive to help to reduce the potential for reoffending and ultimately avoid the women returning to the criminal justice system. Women can be referred in three ways:

  1. If the crime is suitable for a community resolution or conditional caution. This means women have to engage during the three month window of their conditional caution or community resolution.
  2. If the crime doesn’t quite fit the criteria for a conditional caution, the woman can request a voluntary referral.
  3. The woman can refer herself by contacting a SHE worker or, an external agency working with the woman can refer her.
Prison in-reach

The Nelson Trust provides an in-reach service at Eastwood Park Prison. We are working with over a hundred women in prison, our project, funded through the HMPPS CFO3 programme, is helping just under half of those access courses to enable them to go into employment.

The HMPPS CFO3 programme is aimed at helping those individuals who are considered ‘hard to reach’. Although gaining employment is seen as a major step to progression the programme recognises the importance of social inclusion. Due to this recognition, CFO3 focuses more on the participants’ barriers such as health, relationships, finance and accommodation with the intention of providing a positive impact on securing employment in the future.

As part of the CFO3 programme, The Nelson Trust is working with women currently at HMP Eastwood Park providing both one-to-one and group support. The support offered is tailored to the individual and focuses on their specific needs. In addition to this, a through-the-gate service is also offered in partnership with The Nelson Trust keyworkers to ensure on-going support is provided upon release from custody.

The Re-unite Gloucestershire project helps mothers to be re-united with their children after serving a prison sentence.

Rural Outreach

We support young women and girls aged 14-24 who live in rural locations and are at risk of offending. We promote the early development of a healthy, pro-social identity through individual support and educational workshops.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The team offer individualised one-to-one support with the parent, child or young person, helping them recognise what signs of exploitation are and how they can keep themselves and their families safe.

SWOP

Through our Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP), we work with some of the most vulnerable women in our society who have been drawn to selling sex to fund a Class A drug addiction. Through this service women largely ignored by society have been seen and noticed and are being provided with the resources to make positive changes in their lives and to keep safe.

GEM Project

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals within Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work, and subsequently, move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

This programme is a unique and unprecedented partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. Each partner has committed to work collaboratively to help individuals with any needs or requirements to overcome any barriers they may have and effectively improve their lives.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.

Education, training and employment

The Nelson Trust provides an in-reach service at Eastwood Park Prison. We are working with over a hundred women in prison, our project, funded through the HMPPS CFO3 programme, is helping just under half of those access courses to enable them to go into employment.

The HMPPS CFO3 programme is aimed at helping those individuals who are considered ‘hard to reach’. Although gaining employment is seen as a major step to progression the programme recognises the importance of social inclusion. Due to this recognition, CFO3 focuses more on the participants’ barriers such as health, relationships, finance and accommodation with the intention of providing a positive impact on securing employment in the future.

As part of the CFO3 programme, The Nelson Trust is working with women currently at HMP Eastwood Park providing both one-to-one and group support. The support offered is tailored to the individual and focuses on their specific needs. In addition to this, a through-the-gate service is also offered in partnership with The Nelson Trust keyworkers to ensure on-going support is provided upon release from custody.

The CFO3 programme is funded by

HM Prison & Probation Service logo european social fund

We are kindly supported by many wonderful funders and individuals, who all contribute to the success of this service, thank you:

coutts-foundation
ecclesiastical
lottery funded
children in need
the summerfield charitable trust
the pilgrim trust
esmeefair bairn
community rehabilitation company
avon and somerset police commissioner
official of the police and crime commissioner gloucestershire
european social fund
HM Prison & Probation Service logo
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