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.


Volunteer Mini Bus Driver


Title of post: Volunteer Mini Bus Driver

Service area and location: Primarily The Vault Recovery Café (30 Manningham Lane, Bradford) with some additional community based visits as needed.

Brief overview of the service:
Who Is It For
Adults aged 18 plus, living in the Bradford area who are accessing Bridge services.

What We Offer
Bridge’s mission is helping people with multiple needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health conditions and offending issues achieve positive change. Our vision is to provide excellent, visibly innovative services that instil hope, inspire change and build recovery.

The Vault Food Offer
Working in partnership with Morrisons Supermarket, the Vault is able to turn surplus food into good quality, nutritious meals. Volunteers turn donated food into a range of meals that are provided to people attending the vault on the day, or distributed to staff working with the most vulnerable clients, in the most difficult circumstances.

The Vault Group Offer
Peers, volunteers and vault supporters deliver a range of groups to vault members. This can include cooking, life skills, check in’s, and sport related groups, often taking place at local venues.

Role specifics:
Supporting the Vault Coordinator, the Volunteer will support the delivery of the food and group offer, by:-

  • Collecting surplus food donations from Morrison’s Supermarket and bringing the donated food to the Vault to be turned into meals for vulnerable people in need
  • Being a contact for Morrison’s, calling them to get details of the donations available that day
  • Distributing food to other internal and external services if required
  • Driving the bus for groups taking place in community venues, for example archery

Maintaining confidentiality regarding information relating to service users and staff.

Driving Licence Requirements:
Drivers must:-

  • be aged 25 to 70.
  • have a full driving licence with Category B (manual car)
  • held the licence for at least the last 2 years

To view a full description of this volunteer position and person specification please click the link below: Volunteer Driver Role – January 2019

Closing date: We accept expressions of interest at any time

To apply or for more information please contact: Claire Percy, Volunteer, Peer Mentor and Training Coordinator on: 07552 180349 OR e-mail: [email protected]


*Please telephone to check opening times of individual services as there may be slight variations.