Jericho and The Bridge partnership — helping women escape from life-controlling addictions

Since 2011, the Jericho Foundation has 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 The Bridge’s houses

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 six-and-a-half years that Timbers has been running, a total of 81 girls have come through the project, with an average stay for each resident of ten months, the lowest time being a few days and the longest stay eighteen 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 Birmingham, The Bridge has faced challenges due to changes in statutory provision in the recovery world. However, because it has broadened its reach across the Midlands, referrals for the whole project have been on the increase.

Find out more about the Bridge here.

→ Find out more about the Oasis Church Birmingham here.

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