Entries by Andrew Ridley

Secretary of State’s Visit

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government visited Bristol on 7 November to see the work being funded by the Government’s Rough Sleepers Initiative. June Clarke, Ara’s Housing Services Manager, who co-ordinates the new prison release work as part of this initiative, was invited to meet the Minister at St Anne’s […]

Ara announces Simon Thompson as its new Chair

The Board of Trustees at Ara would like to welcome Simon Thompson to the board in the role of Chair. Simon takes over this position due to Ara’s current Chair, Patsy Hudson, standing down at the end of her term of office. At its AGM on 5th November, the Board thanked Patsy for her excellent […]

New Domain Name For ARA

It is with great pride and pleasure that I send you our new domain name and email address. www.recovery4all.co.uk As you will have seen my email is now grahamengland@recovery4all.co.uk Ara has been working with some of the most marginalised people in society for over 30 years. We work with those whose lives are affected by […]

What’s the BigDeal? Problem gambling in today’s young people.

25,000 under 18 year olds are problem gamblers in the UK according to The Children and Young People’s Gambling: Research Review (December 2017, Gambling Commission), with approx. 1 in 9, 11-15 year olds illegally gambling every week. These striking statistics form a starting point in dispelling the myth that gambling isn’t a problem for today’s […]

UCATT conference on problematic gambling

The first ever national conference on problematic gambling in the workplace organised by the construction trade union, UCATT, took place at Manchester Town Hall in November. ARA’s Managing Director Graham England was one of the speakers. For a full report on the conference click here.

Connect Psychology in Bradley Stoke

ARA’s Connect Psychology service is now at Bradley Stoke Surgery, South Gloucestershire three days a week. Connect Psychology provides cognitive and behavioural therapy for low mood and anxiety related problems. For more information on the service click here

Stephen Merchant visits the Arc Cafe

We were delighted that comedian, writer and director Stephen Merchant visited ARA’s  Arc Café. The Arc Café, run in partnership with St Mary Redcliffe Church, offers fantastic food to its customers and has a huge impact on the lives of its volunteers. Stephen said , ” People need help to overcome their problems and projects like […]

The Arc Café at Treefest

Treefest is a Christmas Tree festival held at St Mary Redcliffe Church for a full week just before Christmas. The festival raises money for local charities. Businesses, schools , community groups and charitable organisations are invited to provide and decorate Christmas trees. ARA’s Arc Café entered a tree decorated by volunteers. The café also served […]