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