Ecclesiastical Insurance launches charity partnership with The Nelson Trust
PUBLISHED: 16:57 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:38 01 June 2016
Local insurance company, Ecclesiastical chooses The Nelson Trust as Gloucester Charity Partner for 2016 and will work towards raising funds and volunteering opportunities for staff.
Last year Ecclesiastical donated a massive £0.6million to charities across the UK through its staff giving programme. Following a vote by employees, Ecclesiastical Insurance has selected The Nelson Trust as its Gloucester-based charity partner for 2016. The specialist insurer which currently insures over 40,000 charities nationwide will be supporting the charity in a variety of ways throughout the year. To celebrate the partnership Ecclesiastical’s staff ran a ‘Big Prize Draw’ at its head office in Gloucester, raising over £1,000. Money has also been raised through fundraising and an unwanted Christmas present sale. All this money has been matched by the company making the total initial donation £3,300.
The Nelson Trust is a Gloucestershire charity bringing belief, hope and long term recovery to lives affected by addiction and associated problems. The charity has several centres across the county for rehab, education and employment, resettlement and The Hub Bistro, an alcohol-free café, in Gloucester. It has also opened two Women’s Centres in Gloucester and Swindon which have become safe places for women who need support. These women often come to The Nelson Trust dependent on drugs or alcohol, and are often the victims of domestic abuse. They bring their children with them and The Nelson Trust enables change for the whole family and generations to come.
The Nelson Trust’s Treatment Centre in Brimscombe, Stroud, is currently receiving special attention. For clients in rehab after years of addiction, this Centre is a place for healing. But there’s one problem - it’s a listed building in desperate need of TLC.
One of the core projects that Ecclesiastical volunteers will be involved with is the transformation of this building, which will create a positive environment for counselling and treatment. Well known for its expertise in insuring historic buildings, Ecclesiastical can draw on its specialist knowledge to help plan and deliver this project.
The partnership will also see staff use their skills to support the charity, with professional help being offered across a wide variety of topics. So far the charity has received help with risk management, health and safety and project management, as well as having a working session with some of Ecclesiastical’s specialist underwriters.
Chris Pitt, Group CR Manager for Ecclesiastical, explained: “We’ve chosen a Gloucestershire charity as a dedicated partner for many years. This year we wanted to team up with a charity which we could help in many ways – through fundraising and rolling up our sleeves to give practical help, but also sharing our skills and expertise.”
“The Nelson Trust is the perfect partner. The knowledge and expertise we have in house will be of real value to the Trust and its staff – we can make a big difference through some exciting projects, and our people will benefit a huge amount too.”
John Trolan, CEO at the Nelson Trust, said: “We are so pleased that Ecclesiastical is partnering with us – as this means we will be able to finally get on with the renovations to our treatment centre in Brimscombe. For 16 years the centre has successfully treated hundreds of individuals and is ready for a little rejuvenation.”
“Ecclesiastical can help us in so many ways and the staff have been great – both in terms of the expertise they can offer and in rolling their sleeves up to get their hands dirty.”
Ecclesiastical employs over 500 people at its Gloucester office which is located in the city centre not far from The Nelson Trust’s award winning Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square.
The Nelson Trust is a Gloucestershire-based charity providing residential addiction treatment; services for those affected by addiction; and support for people in recovery. In addition to their treatment centre in Brimscombe, Stroud, they operate a training centre and resettlement housing. In the local community, their Family Focus team of counsellors works with the loved ones of those affected by addiction in the home. Their new Hub for Recovery in Gloucester is a late-night alcohol-free café in Gloucester. The Nelson Trust operates two Women’s Centres - in Gloucester and Swindon – working closely with local services to deal with addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, lack of qualifications and family breakdown. Their philosophy is that everyone has the potential to achieve change in their lives with the right support at the right time. Find out more at www.nelsontrust.com.