The Tribune Trust is supporting Bridgefriends in Grimsby
Bridgefriends is a Christian organisation that supports vulnerable women in the local community.
The aim of Bridgefriends is to help vulnerable women break free and stay free from drug and alcohol addiction, depression, homelessness and prostitution.
Volunteers go out onto the streets of Grimsby and offer hot drinks, food and clothes to sex workers. They engage with them, build trust and identify their needs. They try to re-connect them to mainstream services and their families. They also offer support to women through a daily drop in centre and provide help to those who are suffering from mental health issues and violent relationships.
Volunteers provide emergency welfare visits, assistance in exiting prostitution, support and representation in court, advice on housing and debt, prison visits, fast track access to rehabilitation programmes, hospital visits and pastoral care.
The volunteers have helped sex workers exit prostitution and through their support and national rehabilitation programmes women had been able to break their addiction and return to a more normal lifestyle.
The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Andrew Clark, is shown presenting a cheque to Sue Jewitt, the founder of Bridgefriends and Jo Smith the team manager.