The Bridge

“Help them live outside of what’s happened to them”

The Bridge provides supported housing in transition to support women who have experienced trauma and need support to recover from this. Some also have addiction support needs. Having over 12 years of providing addiction support housing, this  transition expands what The Bridge have been previously doing  as so many of their clients had been sufferers of trauma which led to their addiction.

What is The Bridge?

As a non profit organisation, The Bridge exists to bring hope to those who have no hope. They provide supported housing in transition to support Women who have experienced trauma and need support to recover from this. Some also have addiction support needs.
They have over 12 years of providing addiction support housing and this transition expands what they are doing as so many of their clients have been sufferers of trauma which led to their addiction.
The Bridge supports them through 1 to 1 key-work support, college and work placements to equip them with skills for life, in both basic education and professional development, and through in-house group sessions around emotional and personal development.
They have also built relationships with a reputable local housing association to house their clients when they are ready to move on. They have housed 5 of their successful clients in the last 20 months. The Bridge want to:
1) Build homes not hostels: They are not an institution, but look to build supportive communities in ‘normal’ style homes
2) Support people who have experienced sexual violence/trauma with added addiction recovery support where required.
3) Build skills for life: Through external colleges and internal programs, they equip people with the various skills for both living in the community and getting back into work.

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

£2000 will help to buy materials for improving the housing and garden areas for The Bridge’s clients, for example, they will be able to replace the carpets throughout and paint for inside the house to make their home environment while in recovery a nicer place to be.
It would also provide them with the opportunity to invest in their ‘therapeutic program’ costs which would include social activities, birthday gifts and leaving gifts for their clients when they are looking to set up their own home when they move on.

Where can people go to find out more about the Bridge?

Jon Smith, Manager
Email:jon@thebridge.uk.net
Website: http://www.thebridge.uk.net/

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