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Project information

The Bridges - Hull

The Bridges gives men who are addicted to drugs/alcohol and have committed crimes associated with their addiction, the chance to achieve full, sustainable recovery and to build a more positive future.


Charity information: The Forward Trust

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  • Need


    Crime and anti-social behaviour resulting from drug and alcohol addiction is a widespread concern, destroying lives and impacting negatively on the whole community. An estimated £13b is spent annually as a result of problem drug use. A third to half of all acquisitive crime is committed to fund an addiction and alcohol is a factor in approximately half of all violent crimes. The grip of addiction is powerful and professional help is needed to guide people out of this destructive maze.


    The Bridges is RAPt’s residential drug and alcohol treatment centre for men with a history of criminal behaviour. Based in Hull, it works exclusively with this client group in collaboration with the probation service. The focus is on successful resettlement and abstinence covering an intensive treatment programme delivered through workshops, group therapy and one to one counselling. The goal is to equip all residents with the skills needed to build and sustain a drug and crime free life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help people overcome addiction and reduce the crime which is so interlocked with addiction.


    » Provide a programme of intensive counselling, group therapy, workshops and assignments.

    What success will look like

    By demonstrating that at least 75% of clients complete the full programme (last year the retention rate was 86%).

    Aim 2

    To help people improve their education and skills to help them find employment.


    » Assess each clients standard of education and provide tuition/skills training (including literacy, numeracy and computer training according to need.

    What success will look like

    By demonstrating that clients at The Bridges are pursuing further education, volunteering, skills training or have found employment when they leave The Bridges.

    Aim 3

    To help people secure permanent accommodation.


    » Liaise with Hull City Council and other housing authorities to ensure clients will not be homeless when they leave The Bridges.

    What success will look like

    By demonstrating that every client who completes the programme has been helped to find accommodation in the community when they leave The Bridges.

    Aim 4

    To help people recover family relationships which have suffered because of their addiction.


    » Arrange family conferences at The Bridges to open discussions about how family members have been affected by the devastation of addiction.

    What success will look like

    By consulting with family members during the course of their time at The Bridges and keeping in contact when they leave.

  • Impact


    Reducing addiction
    Reducing crime

    We will demonstrate our success by continuing to undertake rigorous evaluation showing that the programme helping people towards sustainable recovery. In addition to our standard evaluation procedures we periodically undertake in-depth research. For example, a longitudinal study of the RAPt graduate population is currently underway (Nov 2010) in partnership with Manchester University.


    Funding for The Bridges must be secured year on year. In these difficult economic times there is a risk that sufficient income will not be raised, putting the future of The Bridges in jeopardy. We have dealt with this risk by establishing a Fundraising Action Group in the North to engage local interest and attract local support.


    Written reports to donors can be sent however often they are required and every person who wishes to visit The Bridges is very welcome.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £96,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £96,000 Six Month Programme Full costs for 16 men to complete the six month programme at The Bridges

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trusts and Foundations £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Hull is based in Yorkshire and Humberside which, according to Police Recorded Crime figures and the British Crime Survey, shows consistently higher rates of recorded crime than England and Wales overall. The UK has 10 problem drug users per 1,000 of the population – three times higher than the Netherlands and double the rate of Sweden (EMCDDA 2008).


    It will directly benefit people addicted to drugs and alcohol who have committed crime in order to fund their addiction by giving them the opportunity to overcome their addiction and build a more positive future. It will indirectly benefit their families who experience the negative impact of addiciton and the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RAPt was established in 1992 and has built up a substantial body of knowledge with which to help people overcome addiction and build a drug and crime free life. The Bridges programme is based on the highly successful RAPt 12 step model – the only verifiably evaluated model in the prison estate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Trace – Chief Executive

    Significant experience in the field of addiction/offending. Mike is also Co-ordinator of the International Drug Policy Forum.

    Gail Jones - Head Of Services/Deputy Chief Executive

    Gail has worked for 10 years with addicts and offenders. She is a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.

"The Bridges has given me the ability to change my behaviour. I now have a purpose in life. I am so grateful for the support you've given me.”