Jericho and “The Bridge” partnership supports women to escape from life-controlling addictions
Since 2011, Jericho have been working in partnership with The Bridge, a non-profit organisation bringing hope to men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions while also serving the needs of those exiting prostitution.
An outreach from Oasis Church, Birmingham, The Bridge run three supported accommodation houses in the city, providing support in recovery, right through to re-engaging with employment and establishing independent living.
One of these houses is “The Timbers” located in Moseley, close to the Jericho offices. A hostel specifically for women and girls, Jericho provides voluntary work placements for Timbers residents, in addition to other Bridge clients.
During the 6½ years that Timbers has been running, a total of 81 girls have come through the project, with the average stay for each resident of 10 months, the lowest time being a few days and the longest stay 18 months. All came with drug and/or alcohol addiction and were referred by prisons, community addiction teams, rehabs and other support agencies specifically for women.
As part of their recovery, all clients are supported to engage in voluntary work and/or training, provided through local colleges, support agencies and local companies or charities including Jericho.
Another benefit of the service provided by The Bridge is increased contact with family including children and for those where it is safe for them to do so, this can be an important part of their ongoing development in building positive, healthy relationships.
Like many other charities in the City of Birmingham, The Bridge has faced challenges due to changes in statutory provision in the recovery world, however, as they have broadened their reach across the Midlands, referrals for the whole project have been on the increase.
You can find out more about the Bridge at http://www.thebridge.uk.net/
And the Oasis Church Birmingham at http://theoasischurch.com/
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