The Forward Trust

The Bridges: Breaking the Cycle

To break the cycle of addiction and crime by providing ex-offenders with the intensive support and aftercare needed to recover from substance misuse and develop the skills, confidence and aspirations to build a positive, sustainable, crime-free future and move forward with their lives

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1001701)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£22,034

Donations

10

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúMy life is so different today‚Ķ My relationships have improved - I am loving father, brother and son and feel like I‚Äôm a good role model to my daughter too. This is all because of the treatment and support I got from The Bridges.‚Äù

    — Former client of the Bridges

  • ‚ÄúThe Bridges inspires me to do well and I know I‚Äôve done the right thing in getting on that train to Hull. Most of all I am so grateful for the organisation and all its supporters ‚Äì you believed in me and gave me a chance in life when no one else would.‚Äù

    — Bryan, Former client of the Bridges

  • ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt believe how much the Bridges has changed me. I take one day at a time and I‚Äôm so grateful to everyone who works there who‚Äôs really helped me. I go back sometimes as a peer supporter and help out with groups. I feel good about myself, I feel well and for the first time in years life's good"

    — Former Bridges Client

  • “My life is so different today… My relationships have improved - I am loving father, brother and son and feel like I’m a good role model to my daughter too. This is all because of the treatment and support I got from The Bridges.”

    — Former client of the Bridges

  • “The Bridges inspires me to do well and I know I’ve done the right thing in getting on that train to Hull. Most of all I am so grateful for the organisation and all its supporters – you believed in me and gave me a chance in life when no one else would.”

    — Bryan, Former client of the Bridges

  • “I can’t believe how much the Bridges has changed me. I take one day at a time and I’m so grateful to everyone who works there who’s really helped me. I go back sometimes as a peer supporter and help out with groups. I feel good about myself, I feel well and for the first time in years life's good"

    — Former Bridges Client

Situation

Over 55% of prisoners in England and Wales commit offences due to drug use (Hansard, 2014), around 76% of substance misusing offenders re-offend within 12 months of release (MoJ, 2013) and the risk of a drug-related death is 7.5 times higher within the first 2 weeks of a prisoner’s release (E Merrall, 2010). This highlights the pressing need for effective, tailored, through-the-gate support for ex-offenders leaving prison who suffer from addiction so they can change their lives for the better.

Solution

The Bridges is Forward’s Hull-based residential rehabilitation centre – the only one in the country especially designed for ex-offenders struggling with substance misuse issues. It provides up to 24 weeks of intensive support to ex-offenders to overcome their addiction, restore their family relationships and build a positive life. The treatment programme consists of a combination of workshops, group therapy and counselling sessions and signposting to other local services where necessary.