Niki manages the Women’s Community Services for the Nelson Trust including our Women’s Centres in Gloucester and Swindon, offering holistic support to women involved in the Criminal Justice System and women with multiple and complex needs. We work closely with Probation and HMP Eastwood Park offering an in-reach service to women returning to Gloucester and Wiltshire. We also deliver a NOMS CFO3 programme in HMP EWP to women who are socially excluded with the aim of increasing social inclusion and ultimately employability. Our Re-unite Gloucestershire Project offers housing and support to women and their children upon release from prison to facilitate reunification of the family.
At our Women’s Centre in Gloucester we also have posts funded by the PCC to offer outreach support to girls and young women engaging in anti-social behaviour and substance misuse and our Family Support Worker offers holistic support to family members of young girls identified as being at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
Niki’s background is Psychology, graduating from The University of a Bath in 2006 and she has recently completed a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. Her dissertation researched women’s experiences of prison and release, identifying Connectedness, Identity and Motherhood as prominent themes.
Niki has worked for the Nelson Trust for eight years and prior to this she worked with Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and adults experiencing Severe and Enduring Mental Health Issues. She has previously worked within the Private Sector, the NHS and HM Prison Service.
“I am passionate about supporting people to achieve recovery and lasting change and I believe that all women should be given the opportunity to access the support they deserve. I value the principles of offering a safe, non-judgemental, gender-responsive environment in which women can thrive. By utilising a trauma-informed approach, based on relational theory we promote trust, acceptance, hope and empowerment.”