Archive for June, 2017

National Lottery funding helps people recovering from substance misuse and mental health problems

“The Space,” a peer led project in Leeds managed and run by the Bridge Project Charity has received £332K from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project has a steering group led by the Space beneficiaries and provides a safe and sober social network alongside health and well-being activities for people leaving treatment.

Chief Executive of the Bridge Project Jon Royle said: “We’re delighted and incredibly grateful to have received this grant. The funding effectively secures the future of The Space for the next three years and will enable us to expand our membership and the scope of activities, including providing people with access to a range of qualifications and accredited courses. Wherever possible the planning and design of the service has been led by the members who use it, who are the real experts on their needs and requirements.”

The Space provides a vital link in supporting people who have recently completed substance misuse and mental health treatment programmes and have chosen to live a sober lifestyle. It helps break the cycle of substance misuse and offending through a combination of peer support and giving people the life skills and resilience to resist relapse and temptation.

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at Big Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, The Bridge Project will be able to continue providing much-needed support for people in recovery and people with mental health issues. We’re delighted to be funding such an amazing and important project to expand its work.”

Space beneficiary John said: ”It’s absolutely fabulous that The Space is getting Lottery money, so it can continue helping vulnerable individuals into recovery.”  Another member Barry described the funding as: “Like water in a desert”.

Volunteer Team Of The Month | June 2017

June’s Volunteer Team of the month …it’s Tina!

First of all, a massive thank you to Tina for all the support she offers to service users in the Vault, and at Unity Recovery Centre.

The number of hours given by Tina over the last 12 months is 192!

Tina provides reflexology and meditation sessions on a Monday and Friday. These sessions help people:

  • With relaxation, and promoting good sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve concentration
  • Increase self awareness, and increase positive emotions

A message from service users who have benefited from Tina’s sessions:

 “I have to say I was very sceptical about reflexology. The best way I could describe it is I had this ‘out of this world’ sensation and I found after reflexology I felt relaxed and very calm. I would recommend it to anyone”

“Over my recovery journey, from putting drugs down, to reducing meds, to living life I have gone to Tina to help to relax. The meditation and reflexology has now become a massive part of my recovery. Tina goes above and beyond for anyone who meets her and she is a wonderful, compassionate person.”

A message from Joe, Team Manager:

“Tina has been with us for many years now, probably the longest standing volunteer we have, and thanks to her commitment we have been able to deliver innovative and valuable additional support interventions to those using the services at Bridge. At a time when the value of alternative therapies had not yet fully been recognised in treatment services we were offering many types to our service users thanks to Tina. She has been a one-woman team since before I began working at Bridge, nearly 4 years ago, and her contribution and dedication has been second to none. Thanking Tina does not seem enough but hopefully it will go some way to demonstrate how valuable she is to our service and those who come through our doors.”



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