Talitha Koum is an initiative of Release Ipswich for the establishment of a residential Therapeutic Community for women caught up in addictive behaviours and wanting to change the direction of their lives. The Talitha Koum community will be one of very few such projects in the UK and is much needed, especially in the wake of the murders in 2006 in Suffolk which took the lives of 5 vulnerable women caught up in prostitution to fund their addiction. It is envisaged as a place of refuge and an opportunity for positive life-change.
Today many people struggle with a serious dependency on drink or drugs. For some, this has led to health problems, a loss of freedom and an inability to work and contribute to society. It is hard to feel valued or valuable in these circumstances. Although some positive steps have been made to improve services to this vulnerable group, we believe there is real and urgent need for a residential haven of peace, healing and learning. We aim to help women who have drug and alcohol addictions, giving them a rare and creative opportunity to change the direction of their lives. The carefully designed Talitha Koum programme offers the students (as they are known) a structured path from addiction to recovery. Choosing to live and work together for the good of the community helps create a sense of belonging; a family feel with an identity and security, encouraging hope for the future.
As the project develops it also will include basic building skills to assist with the construction of the accommodation building, art, performing arts and music. We will offer accredited courses to assist the students in gaining meaningful qualifications and skills for later in life. Our aim is to give both the training and experience needed to find work. The project will also help to find paid employment for the students when they move on from the therapeutic community.
Established: January 2010
Registered Charity Number: 1135528
Phone number: 01473 658612View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website