Bringing hope and practical support for women caught up in addictive behaviour

TK Orchard

TK is an Ipswich based charity whose mission is to reach out with love, compassion and practical support to women struggling with addictions.  We are creating a purpose built residential, rehabilitation centre for women recovering from addictions. See the latest project status.

Women Together

Our Women Together support groups offer support and hope for any women whose lives have been affected by any addiction.


We're currently recruiting. Please check out our Clinical Programme Lead / Deputy Centre Manager and Support Worker vacancies.

Supporters and Volunteers - Help needed this week please!

Thank you to all our supporters for your amazing commitment and generosity over many years.

Following the formal opening of the residential centre, volunteers are still needed to help with the finishing touches. Please can you help us with painting, gardening, furnishing and more? Details here.

Please Donate

We urgently require funds to secure the launch of the residential service in summer 2017. Check out our latest donation, sponsorship and fundraising opportunities.

Talitha Koum

TK is an Ipswich-based Christian charity whose mission is to reach out with compassion and practical support to women struggling with addictions. Our "Women Together" (WT) groups offer support and hope for any woman whose life has been affected by any addiction at any stage of recovery. We have also completed the first phase of a purpose-built residential therapeutic rehabilitation centre. We are recruiting the team that will operate the therapeutic services which we hope will commence during the summer of 2017. TK has relationships with over 300 local individuals, community partners, churches, substance misuse specialists and organisations who support us as volunteers, service suppliers, advisors and fundraisers.


Women Together Groups

image003Our WT groups continue to grow with more women attending each week and almost 70 lives touched by the programme so far. We have completed a series of successful WT “taster sessions” in Ipswich in partnership with Turning Point, a national social care provider addressing substance misuse issues in Suffolk. TK has also been asked to start more groups in new venues in Ipswich and we added a new weekly group in north-east Ipswich in January 2017.


Financial Provision

We are extremely grateful for financial support from individuals, churches and trusts. We have also received support from many local suppliers and workers whose generosity and commitment to the project are amazing. In addition, many individuals have undertaken personal challenges to raise sponsorship for the project, while others have organised fundraising events throughout the year. As a result, we have been able to fund almost all of the remaining capital costs for the construction of the Hope Centre and we are now working to raise the necessary funds for the initial service start-up costs in coming weeks and months.


Care Programme

A team of clinical experts has finalised our core care programme and is refining the details prior to residential service start. We continue to receive support and advice from other residential addiction service providers to help ensure the effectiveness of our initial care programme.



We recently recruited our Rehabilitation Centre Manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day service delivery. The position of Clinical Programme Lead has now been widely advertised and we are also seeking and considering potential support worker applicants. In addition, we have received offers of support from specialist counsellors and psychologists.


Residential Therapeutic Centre

image004Our residential therapeutic centre is set in a rural location in the Suffolk countryside. Known as the Hope Centre, phase 1 was formally unveiled on 30th November 2016 by many of those who had been involved in the project, as well as community leaders including Ipswich Mayor Roger Fern, Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere and our Patron, the Rt Rev Mike Harrison, the Bishop of Dunwich.







The second accommodation block is fitted-out to temporarily house recreation rooms, therapy rooms, as well as an office for TK staff (see plan).


This approach minimises unnecessary costs and enables the Hope Centre to be up and running earlier than we had originally planned, thereby serving women sooner and seeing lives changed.











Thank You

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support and we look forward to welcoming the first women to the Hope Centre in the summer of 2017.

Therapeutic Rehabilitation (this is not a live-in post)

Do you want to help change the lives of women caught up in addiction?

We are recruiting a Residential Manager for our specialist female-only residential rehabilitation service near Ipswich, Suffolk. The service is due to open later this year and will provide life-changing person-centred support through a purpose-built, therapeutic community. The service will offer an innovative substance misuse treatment programme delivered by small team, the recruitment of which will be led by the Residential Manager. The initial 7 bed service is the first phase of a 12 bed service set in 2 acres of farmland in the Suffolk countryside. The new Residential Manager will be instrumental to the planning, team-creation and delivery of the service. This is a rare opportunity to help create a state-of- the-art residential rehabilitation service from the ground up.

Do you have?

  • Experience in delivering successful rehab services in association with partner agencies

  • The vision and experience to play a lead role in creating a new residential rehabilitation service from scratch

  • An understanding of the complex issues facing women entering residential treatment

  • Registered manager status with the CQC (or the skills and desire to rapidly achieve this)

  • A passion for nurturing and developing your staff

  • A committed Christian faith in line with the ethos of the charity. This is an occupational requirement as permitted under Section 9 part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

If so, we will support you to:

  • Create and manage an outstanding residential rehabilitation programme
  • Realise your potential to play a lead role in transforming the lives of women with complex needs
  • Build an effective and efficient team
  • Access a range of personal and professional support services
  • Benefit from the strong local community backing for the project


We plan to open the Community in late autumn 2016 following completion of our facilities on site. The successful candidate will need to begin work in advance of opening to assist with planning and
recruitment of the staff team, possibly on a part-time basis, though this is open to discussion. Due to the specialist nature of the work, previous experience of working with females is essential and we
are recruiting females only for our service, (see ref to Equality Act 2010 above). Working outside normal hours may be required.

Salary –£26-30k depending on experience. Competitive terms and conditions apply.

About TK

Talitha Koum began in 2005 with a vision to deliver help and healing to women struggling with addition. TK has over 300 supporters including individuals, public and private sector organisations,
local media organisations and politicians, councillors, community groups and over 130 local churches. The charity already offers successful community-based support though its “Women Together” group. Based on this solid platform of support we are nearing completion of the first phase of our state-of- the-art residential centre from which we will deliver tier 4 post-detox rehab services to up to 7 women initially, rising to 12 women as we expand the facilities on offer.

More information on the charity and a Job description and Person Specification for this post can be found on our website

If you would like to discuss aspects of the role, please speak to Ken Donaldson, Project Director on 07986 969082

Written applications should be sent to Ken Donaldson, Project Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We want to recruit at least two new trustees to join the Board of Talitha Koum Community Ltd. We are looking for men and women of mature Christian faith and leadership experience who may sense God's call to help lead the work of the charity in partnership with our new Project Director, Ken Donaldson. We are particularly looking for skills/ experience in marketing, fund-raising, communications (including use of social media) and social care (particularly in the field of addiction).

However, those who do not have expertise in these areas should not be deterred from applying.  Younger applicants are welcome. if you feel you would like to explore this further, please contact our Chair of trustees, Peter Matthews at 01473 311368 or 07763 041534