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Yorkshire and the Humber

The Bridges

Service delivered in the community
Residential rehab in Hull for men who have issues with drugs and/or alcohol, particularly ex-offenders.

Who we help

We can help you if you are:

  • Male
  • Aged 18+
  • Have had issues with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Want to become totally substance-free and make positive changes in your life
Additional information and requirements
  • Men with dual-diagnoses (both mental health and substance misuse issues) may need an additional assessment in order to ensure we can meet their needs
  • We are unable to accept clients who are currently taking either an opiate-based substance or benzodiazepines, even if they are prescribed by a doctor. If you’re currently taking either of these substances, you’ll need to speak to your GP about alternative medication before we can consider your application
  • We are rarely able to accept applications from people convicted of arson or sex offences, but always consider each case carefully
  • If there is a risk that someone might pose a high risk of harm to others or themselves, we may not be able to accept their application. However, we will always jointly assess such cases with our local probation service and their offender manager before making a decision
  • Our building has limited wheelchair access, so we are unable to accommodate clients with significant mobility issues
  • All offers of treatment are subject to written confirmation of funding. However, if you’re not able to secure funding from your local authority we may be able to support you through our bursary scheme
  • For ex-offenders on licence, all offers of treatment are subject to approval by probation
  • Clients must have either already gone through detox and/or be able to submit a negative drug/alcohol test before they arrive at The Bridges

How we help

Treatment at The Bridges is full-time and structured into a timetable. It typically lasts for between three and 12 months, but this varies according to each person’s progress.

Support includes:

  • One-to-one and group support
  • Sessions on the 12-step approach to addressing addiction
  • Help to identify your treatment goals
  • A weekly meeting with the rest of The Bridges community
  • An introduction to local ‘mutual aid’ groups such as Narcotics Anonymous
  • Help to reconnect with loved ones and develop positive relationships with others in the treatment community
  • A dedicated resettlement worker

We’ll also support you to develop skills in cooking, shopping and budgeting; offer holistic therapies, such as reiki; and arrange fun social activities at evenings and weekends.

Support also extends beyond your initial treatment. Once you have completed the ‘structured treatment’ phase (often referred to as stages 1 and 2), you will be offered the chance to stay living at The Bridges and complete peer mentor training (referred to as ‘stage 3’). When you complete the training, you’ll become a peer mentor volunteer, supporting the staff and clients in stages 1 and 2.

Towards the end of your time at The Bridges, we’ll help with the practical things you need to make a new start: working to create a plan for how you’ll maintain your recovery, finding you somewhere safe to live and getting a job, volunteer placement or training course.

We continue to offer ongoing support and aftercare once you leave (referred to as ‘stage 4’). Each stage is explained in more detail on The Bridges website.

Accommodation

Clients in stage 1 treatment stay in spacious, private rooms with a bed, sink and ample wardrobe space. Bedding, linen and towels are provided. You’ll also have access to two TV lounges, shared bathrooms, showers and toilets, a communal dining area and laundry facilities. Attached to the main building are eight self-contained flats for clients in stages 2 and 3. Each flat comprises of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Flats are fully furnished and include all bedroom and lounge furniture, kitchenware and appliances.

More information about our accommodation can be found on The Bridges website.

How to apply

If you think The Bridges might be suitable for you, simply download and complete the application form and return it to us. We’ll do the rest.

Get in touch

The Bridges, 128 Holderness Road, Hull HU9 1JP

Call us: 01482 588 454

Email us: thebridges@forwardtrust.org.uk

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128 Holderness Road

Hull HU9 1JP

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I love it here – I only have good people around me. Since graduating from the programme, The Bridges staff have helped me get my own flat down by the marina as well, and I can’t wait to get settled. I’m in no hurry whatsoever to leave. Hull, and The Bridges, saved my life.

Barry O, Forward client Read Barry’s story