Archive for May, 2017

Some Great News, and Some Sad News

In my New Year’s message I expressed my confidence that Bridge would be successful in securing the Bradford Adult Substance Misuse and Recovery Service Contract. Today I am delighted to announce that in partnership with change, grow, live (CGL) and Project 6 we have been awarded the contract which will commence on 1st October 2017.

Bridge has proudly delivered services in Bradford for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our community. We have confidence in our partners and a strong and cohesive vision that will ensure service users continue to receive high quality, person centred care that inspires hope and recovery. Our priority over the coming months will be support our staff and service users through the changes and to ensure the transition is managed as smoothly as possible. You can read more about the new partnership on the CGL website by clicking here.

Whilst it’s always a joy to share the positive developments at Bridge such as winning tenders and funding I have some other news that isn’t so great! Unfortunately I am announcing that Forks café has ceased to trade from 30th May.

Forks has provided work experience and training to our clients since October 2014 and has become one of Bradford’s most popular and respected cafes. We have a loyal customer base, fantastic and dedicated staff, volunteers and trainees and the expectations we had when we set out on this journey have been exceeded. Our business model has always been dependent on external funding, as the costs associated with providing a training venue for people with complex needs far exceeds the turnover of even a successful commercial café. Unfortunately, due to central government cuts this funding is no longer available and consequently Forks has become financially unsustainable.

We will continue to provide work placements and traineeships to our beneficiaries in a modified format by transferring operations to our other café venue the Vault. I would like to thank all those who have supported us, given us their custom and contributed to the Forks success. We are proud of Fork’s achievements, especially the many trainees who have gone on to find employment and whose lives have been enriched.

Volunteer Team Of The Month | May 2017

May’s volunteer team of the month is The Vault Volunteers!

First of all, a massive thank you to our volunteers Jez, Jade, Sam, Kyra, Grennie, Jackie, Donna, Roy, Dave M, Jamie and Mark who have all given their time and passion to The Vault over the last three months. A big thank you also to Emma, Bryan, Rebecca, Faye, Michaela, Michelle, Farzana, Allison, Tracy, Jade, Ollie, Catherine and Nigel  who volunteered last year.

Number of hours given by volunteers to support the running of The Vault over the last 12 months: 4798!

The role of a volunteer in The Vault is to:

  • Be the first point of contact for people coming into the Vault café and groups
  • Support the running of the café, planning the menu and preparing and serving food and drinks
  • Promote recovery activities and be a positive role model, spending time going through the recovery activity guide with new and existing attendees
  • Support group facilitation and participate in group delivery where appropriate
  • Signpost individuals as needed to internal staff and services

What has been the impact of Vault volunteers?

  • In simple terms, volunteers have kept the vault open and running!!!
  • Individuals accessing the vault are supported and mentored, access recovery services and make hugely positive changes to their life – impacting on them holistically – health, wellbeing, finance, self belief, ambitions…the list is endless!
  • The vault really shows the power of people coming together as a recovery community, there is such a sense of belonging.

A message from Tony Gibson, Recovery Activities Coordinator :

“No words would do these volunteers justice, they are all stars in their own roles. The passion and commitment to supporting The Vault and its members is lovely to see.  It is privilege to have them on the team and I am grateful for the time they give.  I want to say a great big thank you to you all.”

A message from Joe Kean, Team Manager:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the service that we run in The Vault. Many places in the country talk about recovering communities but few are as active and visible as the one we have here in Bradford and, in particular, in The Vault. This simply would not be possible without the volunteers who are the glue that hold the place together; stepping in when needed and providing much more than just a café service – superbly welcoming attitude, dedicated, kind, thoughtful, professional and supportive of the ethos and practice that we all strive to achieve here at Bridge.”



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