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    Bridge Welcomes Important New Report From Public Health England On Dependence On Prescribed Medicines

    10th September 2019 by Gabriel Stoltz

    This report reviewed the evidence associated with dependence on prescribed medicines including benzodiazepines and z-drugs, gabapentin and pregabalin, opioid pain…

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    Tracey Hogan, overall winner in the Practitioner Category of BSCB Safeguarding Champion Awards

    1st July 2019 by Gabriel Stoltz

    Bridge Project would like to congratulate Tracey Hogan, our Director of Operations, who is the overall winner in the Practitioner…

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    The Lotus Project team, finalists in the Innovation Category of BSCB Safeguarding Champion Awards

    1st July 2019 by Gabriel Stoltz

    The Lotus Project team, proud finalists in the Innovation Category of Bradford Safeguarding Childrens Board (BSCB), Safeguarding Champion Awards. The…

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    Community Action Bradford & District have put together a series of #BackToBasics graphics which remind us of the 3 simple things we all can do to protect ourselves & others during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Remember: Hands, Face and Space...

    👋 wash your hands
    😷 wear a face covering
    📏 keep a 2 metre distance
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    17 hours ago  ·  

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    During the COVID crisis, we have all faced adversity, but for individuals with complex needs, navigating this new way of life has been particularly arduous. At Bridge, we have had to adapt by implementing different way of working to ensure their needs are still met.

    Here are 3 ways The Lotus Project are still making a difference to the lives of their clients during these challenging time.

    🛒 Clients who are self-isolating have had food and medication supplies delivered to them

    🏠 Mobile phones, and top-ups for gas and electric, have also been provided so clients can remain safe in their homes

    🚌 Bridge’s minibus has been used to support clients with urgent and necessary appointments (this is undertaken following PHE social distancing guidelines)

    🙋‍♀️ We continue to outreach our clients to conduct welfare checks when we have concerns for their mental and physical wellbeing

    Thank you to the team at The Lotus Project for all their hard work!
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    Bridge has featured in a Big Issue North article which analyses the steady growth of opioid use in the UK and investigates how far behind we really are in experiencing the same level of crisis as in America.

    Opioids, such as codeine and morphine, are best suited to treat acute, end of life and cancer pain but since the 1990s have also been prescribed as relief for chronic pain, which has led to a surge in usage – peaking at 24 million prescriptions in 2016.

    With people taking opioids on the recommendation of their GP, and then being able to get hold of the drugs so readily over the counter or online, addiction to medication has become a hidden problem with devastating consequences.

    As Michael Ritchie, recovery co-ordinator at Bridge, states: “These people have been prescribed these drugs for a legitimate reason but found they also helped them cope with some trauma they’d experienced. Dependence creeps up on them.”

    Bridge is one of two free specialist services in the UK for people with addiction to prescription medication. The service we offer is not only to help people safely taper of the drugs, but unpick the psychological issues that often compound their dependency, too.

    The article ‘A Creeping Dependence’ can be found on pages 16-19 of last week’s issue of the Big Issue North.

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    We recently said a sad farewell to one of our long-standing members of staff, as he left us for pastures new 😢

    On his final day, he left us with a heartfelt note which really touched us and made us feel proud of the work environment we are able to create for our employees.

    For many of us, a large part of our day is spent at work, which is why it is important to us that everyone at Bridge feels that their work here makes a positive contribution to their lives and that they feel valued within the organisation ❤️
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    4 weeks ago  ·  

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    The Bridge Project is urgently seeking volunteers to support us in our delivery of essential services through driving our minibus.

    Due to Covid19 staff are currently unable to use their personal cars to carry clients to essential appointments, however, our minibus is large enough to meet all the transport requirements of social distancing.

    Volunteer drivers are required most days and staff members will always be present on the minibus along with the client requiring the support.

    You would need to hold a manual driving licence (ideally clean) for a min of 2 year, be a confident driver and have a positive attitude.

    The minibus is a large 16 seat Peugeot Boxer.

    If you are interested in becoming one of our minibus drivers please contact Tanis on 01274 723863.
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    Meet the team


    Senior Management

    Jon Royle

    Chief Executive

    Jon has worked in the substance misuse sector for 25 years as a volunteer, researcher, therapist and manager.

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    Martin Brook

    Director of Finance and Support Services

    Martin has been working at Bridge for nearly 10 years and has worked in finance and premises roles in the voluntary sector for nearly 25 years.

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    Tracey Hogan

    Director of Operations

    Tracey has 27 years experience within the substance misuse field and has held practitioner, management, clinical standards directorship and operational directorship roles.

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    Sally Black

    Director of Human Resources

    Sally is an accomplished Human Resources Consultant and Interim Manager with Executive Director experience in the health and social care sector.

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