One25’s Peony Project

Peony is a safe space for women in Bristol in early recovery from addiction and trauma. It helps them tackle their multiple disadvantages, through peer support, training and wellbeing activities. Peony enables women to move from crisis to community.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1062391)

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Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


United Kingdom

  • Coming to Peony makes me feel calm, everyone's so welcoming, it's made a real difference to my life and I'm feeling more confident already.

    — Sally


The women Peony work with face multiple and severe challenges. About 68% experience homelessness, 81% have chronic ill health and 81% are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. These women have all experienced domestic or sexual violence and many also experienced childhood trauma. They often lack the confidence, skills and knowledge to navigate opportunities for training and employment. In early recovery, women struggle to rebuild their lives and find security and independence.


Peony focuses on improving women’s overall wellbeing, developing their practical skills and supporting each woman to set and achieve her own goals. Peony offers a structured programme of activities, alongside one-to-one support from professionals & peer volunteers. Sessions include art, cooking, budgeting and money skills, book club, wellbeing activities like yoga, exercise, volunteering, and assisted access to employment and training. Peony gives women the tools they need to build independence.