Hawkspring saved from closure

A South Bristol Drug and Alcohol Support service has been saved from closure.

Hawkspring, based in Hartcliffe announced it would be closing at the end of March. But it has been saved after the John James Bristol Foundation stepped in with a donation of £100,000.

Chief Executive of the charity Lorraine Bush said: …”This will now give us the time and an opportunity to develop and work on a new future funding strategy.

“We are all extremely grateful to them and to everyone who has been so supportive since we informed everyone that we would have to close.

“The community, clients and ex-clients are really happy that we can now continue to provide the local, assessable support services that are so needed.

“We will continue to fundraise and build on the plans we have and we do hope that with the right support, we can look forward to a more stable future…”

In August last year when the charity was at risk of closure, The Matthew Tree Project, based in Filwood, came forward to explore the possibility of a merger.

Ms Bush said they worked on plans for a sustainable future but Hawkspring was “unable to secure enough funding to give the time necessary to merge before the current funding ran out.”

Mark Goodway, Chief Executive of the Matthew Tree Project said: “We are absolutely thrilled that even in a small way we were able to play a part to help Hawkspring to keep going so they were able to secure significant funding that takes them into the future…”

In 2013 charities Hawks and KWADS based in Filwood both lost local government funding and so merged to form Hawkspring to continue to support people with drug and alcohol addiction in South Bristol.

Since Hawkspring began it has supported 1,300 people, many of whom were not able to access help elsewhere.