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Remembering Richard Lister

Friends of our late Chair, Richard Lister, gathered at Stinchcombe Golf Club on 29th June for a commemorative fundraising golf event. Organised by Rhod Bradley Jones, they raised £1,000 to support families struggling with addiction. Despite the atrocious weather conditions, a great day was had by all and, fittingly, the winner was Richard's son, Rob Lister. CEO John Trolan thanked everyone, particularly Rhod who came up with the idea. John explained, "we also appreciate these opportunities to pause and remember the extraordinary contribution that Richard Lister made to The Nelson Trust." He reminded all Richard's friends that this was a great warm up for the Richard Lister Memorial Trophy on the 16th September at Minchinhampton Golf Club and he hoped to see them all there.  Read More

Garden Day 2016

This Anglo-Palladian façade really does take your breath away. First impressions count, but there was (literally) nothing to disappoint, apart from our good old English weather of course. Built in 1752, this is the magnificent home of Roger Seelig and Claire Ward Thomas. They certainly did our supporters proud at our private viewing of house and garden on 14th June 2016. Roger was the perfect guide, introducing everyone to his wonderful collection of eighteenth century bronzes, paintings, prints and furniture. So, you would think it would be downhill all the way after that, but no, we were then treated to parkland and gardens enough to give some kings and queens serious house envy. The Victorian walled vegetable garden was one of the tidiest many had seen for years. So much love and care has gone into this very special place. Read More

Tony Adams inspires clients at The Nelson Trust

On Monday 6th June, Tony Adams, MBE and one of the top Arsenal footballers of all time, came to share his story. Many clients explained how they identified very deeply with his experiences and said he had given them much hope for the future. They thanked him for his honesty, and appreciated having such a remarkable role-model. Read More

Highest standards of administration at The Nelson Trust with ISO 9001 certificate award

Thanks to the support of local business IMSM, The Nelson Trust is now proud owner of an ISO 9001 Certificate. This means that we meet the very highest international standards of administration. Sue Smith, Clinical Manager, explained ‘this is the quality assurance stamp. It will bring a huge amount of re-assurance to the Care Commissioners who make decisions about which rehab to choose.’ Read More

The Nelson Trust re-brand

Last year, we decided to conduct a review of our communications. We were lucky enough to meet James Quayle, brand expert, who has given his time, skills and considerable knowledge at a massively reduced fee to save on agency fees. Read More

Pioneering work with women and girls gets boost from Big Lottery

The Big Lottery has just invested £48.5 million in 63 organisations that improve the lives of women and girls, and The Nelson Trust is one of them. The need is great, but now more women at risk will regain control of their lives after extreme difficulties: homelessness; poor mental health; money worries; involvement in the social care system; sexual exploitation; domestic abuse and violence; abusive and traumatic events in childhood; and drug and alcohol problems. Read More

Swindon Women’s Centre celebrates turning lives around

At the end of May, we came together with funders, businesses, supporters and clients to celebrate our recent award at The Howard League for Penal Reform. Our Sex Worker Outreach Project in Swindon came runners-up in the prestigious women’s category. At the helm are Sue Lee, now Manager at the Centre, and Lou Kuklinski of Wiltshire Police. Every week, they go out in their van to patrol Swindon’s red light district in order to get women into their care instead of putting themselves in danger by sex working. Sue explained more about this pioneering work: ‘I believe passionately that these really vulnerable women at risk need a voice. They are under the radar; they are extremely vulnerable to physical and sexual violence and the main reason they’re out there is because they have a Class A drug addiction.’ Read More

Calling on drug & alcohol treatment centres to give sex workers a voice

Kirsty Tate, Outreach Worker at The Nelson Trust, calls on drug and alcohol treatment centres across the UK to give sex working women a voice. Kirsty is an Outreach Worker to sex working women, based at The Nelson Trust’s Women’s Centre in Gloucester. Driven by a determination to lead these women into residential drug treatment, she runs a drop-in for a red light district of the city. She has developed The Griffin Program to enable women to heal from the effects of sex working. This specialist treatment is delivered at The Nelson Trust’s residential service in Stroud. Kirsty has been a Griffin Fellow and this executive summary is the result of her research for The Griffins Society, funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation. Read More