Merger Announcement by the Trustees of Spacious Places and The Bridge Project

 

Innovative charities The Bridge Project and Spacious Places will merge with effect from 30th June 2021.

The merger is the culmination of a long association between the two organisations and many months of planning. Bridge and Spacious Places share the same values, and each believe that there are many pathways to recovery and everyone’s journey is unique.

Spacious Places will retain its programme ethos and fidelity to the 12 Step abstinence model. It will benefit from being part of a larger organisation that will provide a robust clinical and financial governance framework. Bridge has previous experience of taking over the management of community recovery organisations, helping them become more financially sustainable and manage risks effectively, without compromising their peer led recovery ethos.

Spacious Places will continue to accept referrals in the usual way and all elements of the service will transition seamlessly. This is an exciting time and the merger decision has been taken in the best interests of the people we support, whose needs we will continue to serve.

1,000 COVID Deaths in Bradford – a message from Bridge

 

It is with sadness that we pass the milestone of 1,000 COVID deaths in Bradford and our profound sympathies go out to all those who have lost family and loved ones.

Local communities have shown great resilience and our hearts are warmed by the many acts of kindness and examples of neighbour helping neighbour in a time of adversity. We have witnessed unprecedented levels of cooperation, mobilisation of resources and effort by our health, social care and voluntary sector organisations supported by an army of courageous individuals, who have stepped up to volunteer in the face of this national emergency.

It is important that we continue to make sacrifices and although the measures restrict our way of life, we must abide by them as our actions now, will determine how the disease spreads and how it will impact on our communities in the future. There is hope, in the form of a vaccine that has been deemed safe and effective by the best scientific and medical minds in the world and this is being rolled out as quickly as possible to save lives and protect the vulnerable. To be most effective, it is essential that as many people as possible are vaccinated and that is why when your turn comes, we strongly encourage you to take up the offer unless medically advised not to do so. We believe, that being vaccinated against COVID is perhaps the most important civic duty many of us will have to perform in our lifetime and it is the shared responsibility of all of us.

Volunteers will continue to pay a vital part in our recovery from COVID and more are needed now. If you would like to help your community through volunteering to befriend someone via the telephone who is lonely and isolated, please contact 01274 952200 to find out how.

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

 

This report reviewed the evidence associated with dependence on prescribed medicines including benzodiazepines and z-drugs, gabapentin and pregabalin, opioid pain medicines and antidepressants. Bridge is recognised as a pioneer in providing services to this group of patients, through our Addictions to Medicines Programme in Bradford that works in primary care helping individuals to withdraw from medication they have become dependent on.

Tracey Hogan, Bridge’s Director of Operations was a member of the PHE Expert Group that conducted the enquiry and produced the review, that found that over a quarter of adults use these drugs every year and one in eight people have been on them for over 12 months.

Jon Royle, Bridge’s Chief Executive commented: “We were pleased to support this review sharing the benefit of our ten years of experience in this specialist area. We already knew this was a problem that has been hidden away in primary care for many years, but the actual statistics that have come to light are staggering. We are calling on the government to provide proper services for people who often suffer in silence. I would also like to thank Kate, a client of Bridge who bravely shared her experience with the BBC to highlight the plight of sufferers and show through her own experience that with the right help and support people can recover.”

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

 

Bridge Project would like to congratulate Tracey Hogan, our Director of Operations, who is the overall winner in the Practitioner Category of Bradford Safeguarding Childrens Board (BSGB), Safe Guarding Champion Awards. Tracey is acknowledged as an exceptional leader within the safeguarding world. A key aspect in the approach taken by Tracey is the need to build, support and reflect upon partnership working. Tracey works at a strategic level to engender innovation in safeguarding and new ways of working.

 

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

 

The Lotus Project team, proud finalists in the Innovation Category of Bradford Safeguarding Childrens Board (BSCB), Safeguarding Champion Awards. The Lotus Project is recognised as a unique service working with individuals engaged in, or at risk of becoming involved in sex work. The team provided innovative, non-judgemental safeguarding focussed interventions for sex workers and their children across Bradford and Airedale.

 

Carol Rawson, finalist in the Voluntary/Community Sector Category of BSCB Safeguarding Champion Awards

 

Carol Rawson, from New Directions (Bridge Project), a proud finalist in the Voluntary/Community Sector Category of Bradford Safeguarding Childrens Board (BSCB), Safeguarding Champion Awards. Carol is acknowledged for her hard work and determination working on cases with child safeguarding and in particular hidden harm with parental substance misuse.

 

Bridge is delighted to retain the One80 contract (previously known as Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Service)

 

Bridge is delighted to announce that following a competitive tender process undertaken by Bradford Council we have retained the contract for One80 (previously known as the Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Service), supporting young people up to the age of 21 living across Bradford district who are concerned about their use of drugs and/or alcohol. We look forward to continuing to provide a high quality service to the young people in 2019 and beyond.

Prison Family Helpline

 

We’re excited to receive a Safer Community Fund grant from the Police & Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire that will allow us to establish a prison family helpline; providing families & friends of prisoners with practical help, support, advice and guidance.

 



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