New charity launched to protect addiction service

PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 October 2015

RE:MISSION trustees Terry Mears, Ray Wilson, Chris Hibbs, David Tomlinson and Jeff Peacock.

RE:MISSION trustees Terry Mears, Ray Wilson, Chris Hibbs, David Tomlinson and Jeff Peacock.

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A new charity aimed at saving the future of a Clevedon residential home has been launched.

RE:MISSION hopes to secure funding to continue the services offered at Andrew House in Victoria Road, which provides accommodation and support to men recovering from addiction, and unveiled its plans at a ceremony at Clevedon Baptist Church in Station Road.

The trustees welcomed members of the public, Clevedon town councillors, and former Andrew House residents to the launch event where they explained their ideas for the charity with a presentation and one-to-one discussion.

David Tomlinson, RE:MISSION chairman, said: “We gained a great deal of encouragement from the responses following the presentation.

“Our priorities are to secure the future of the Andrew House service by completing the purchase of the property and creating sustainable, social enterprises that will provide long-term funding beyond that already pledged by the churches and other local donors.

“Extending the services to support those leaving Andrew House and settling in the local community, and exploring a new work for women in similar circumstances are part of the next stage.”

The charity has been set up in the wake of Andrew House suffering cuts of £150,000 in its budget last year, leaving it needing to raise £25,000 this year and in 2016 to keep it running.

It is hoped some of this money will come from grants but the majority of the funds are likely to come from social enterprises, including a proposal to convert a disused toilet in Queens Square into a café and takeaway venue.

However, RE:MISSION has already recouped about £25,000 thanks to fundraising events held by churches in the town and David says more volunteers are welcome to help out the charity.

He added: “We are looking for people with skills and ideas for social enterprises, as well as donors and local businesses which could assist with the refurbishment of Andrew House.

“We also want to speak to people with experience in education and training.”

For more information and to get involved in RE:MISSION, email Chris Hibbs at chris.hibbs@re-mission.org.uk


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