Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in Brighton.
Now entering its 20th year in operation, BOP takes a gender-specific approach to substance misuse, providing women-only groups and support to women experiencing issues with drugs or alcohol. Alongside this, Young Oasis offers 1:1 therapy to children and young people who have been affected by substance misuse in the family. Last year, BOP directly supported over 500 women and 250 children and young people.
For the last year, BOP has been providing a specialised therapy service to young women who have experienced significant problems in their early lives and are struggling with their mental health now as a result. The Young Women’s Therapy Project was initially funded for just a year and funding was due to come to an end mid-October.
Then last week, BOP received news from The Bloom Foundation that it was to receive a grant of £40,000 over two years to continue the project. The funding will pay for a qualified, experienced therapist to work 2 days per week from BOP’s central Brighton location, delivering intensive therapy to at least 20 young women aged 18-25 each year.
BOP’s Director, Jo-Anne, said “we are extremely pleased to have been awarded funding from the Bloom Foundation to continue and expand our therapy provision for young women. The young women we’re seeing have had a very difficult start in life. Many of them are care leavers who experienced early neglect and abuse. Some experience self-harm and have thoughts of suicide.
“Mental health is more important than ever and we see first-hand the links between poor mental health and substance misuse. Yet for our clients, finding accessible provision to address their mental health and wellbeing can be challenging. What is required is a specialist approach, which BOP is well-placed to deliver, with our wealth of experience working with women in a focused, trauma-informed way.”
The Bloom Foundation’s Chair, Tony Bloom, said “The Bloom foundation is pleased to support BOP as a key service organisation in Brighton delivering an evidence-based approach to support positive behavioural change and growth in women affected by substance misuse. This project fits with the foundation’s guiding mission, which includes strengthening the local Brighton community as well as mainstreaming a preventative approach to health, including mental health.”
Of those women who completed therapy with BOP through the initial project, 100% experienced reliable change, meaning their symptoms have improved significantly. When asked, ‘how has coming to therapy helped you?’ one client replied, “I haven’t self harmed in a week. This is the first time that has happened in years.” Without this funding, the Young Women’s Therapy Project would have come to an end.
Find out more about BOP by visiting their website: http://www.oasisproject.org.uk/
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