We were very pleased to welcome Avon & Somerset PCC, Sue Mountstevens to see our progress in getting our new Bridgwater Women’s Centre up and running.
She commented, ‘I am so pleased to see the work that organisations, such as The Nelson Trust, are doing to support those at risk in Sedgemoor. It’s crucial that we provide support for the most vulnerable to break the cycle of crime and help to reduce reoffending.’
Women in Somerset who are in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system will now have access to holistic, trauma-informed support. The Nelson Trust has successfully fundraised to purchase 14 Kings Square, Bridgwater, where they have opened a new women’s centre.
John Trolan, CEO of The Nelson Trust said, “We are so grateful to the community in Bridgwater and Somerset for supporting this project and getting behind us to help fulfill this ambition. Through our campaign #womenhelpingwomen we received tremendous support, thanks to some key supporters including Annie Maw, Sarah Mead, Lucy Nelson, Venetia Dearden and Catherine Butler. These individuals and other key funders such as the Ministry of Justice have been instrumental to getting this new Women’s Centre operational.”
The Centre will provide a safe, women-only space that delivers a one-stop-shop service to women with multiple and complex needs including accommodation, employment, behaviour, mental and physical health, and status with the criminal justice system.
The centre is currently open two days a week. Detail on how to refer or self-refer can be found here.