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Trevi are absolute heroes and a beacon of hope for many women

January 30, 20240

Trevi are an inspiring Plymouth-based charity which help keep mothers and their children together through rehab. Hannah and the team have an incredible success rate, MP Johnny Mercer writes.

 

84 percent of women successfully detox and 8 in 10 children get to stay with their mothers. They are absolute heroes and a beacon of hope for so many women which find themselves in the most desperate situations.

 

Since being established 30 years ago, Trevi has grown from strength to strength and, today, offers a wide range of services. These include Jasmine Mother’s Recovery Centre, Sunflower Women’s Centre, Daffodil Family Centre and their new Blossom Women’s House which you can read more about on their website here. Each service provides tailored therapy which considers the individual needs of each woman and her child. They support more than 1,000 every year. Since delivering my maiden speech way back in 2015, I have been an outspoken champion for better mental health care provision in Parliament. Trevi’s work without doubt leads in this field. 

 

Trevi is a charity close to my heart. They are the first charity I got involved with nearly a decade ago. Every year, I don a pink running top and run the Plymouth Half Marathon to raise money for their causes. My recent work as the Cross-Government Lead for Care Leavers has brought me even closer to the challenges around substance abuse which Trevi deals with on a daily basis. 

 

Earlier this month, I helped raise awareness about the ‘Pants to Period Poverty’ campaign which Trevi are the main distribution partner for. A £10,000 National Lottery grant won by the Plymouth Soroptimists will see 300 of Plymouth’s most vulnerable women receive six pairs of reusable period pants. The scheme aims to tackle period poverty, defined as being unable to afford sanitary protection products when you need them, in an environmentally sustainable way. 

 

On Friday, 9th February, Trevi are hosting Reclaim the Night Walk, encouraging Plymothians to take a stand for safety and equality in our City. Plymouth is a city that has suffered more than most. Since the tragic death of a young girl in Leigham, Councillors, local MPs, Plymouth University, charities like Trevi and the Police have pulled together to reduce crime. It is such a shame that when everyone is working so hard to see a reported 21 percent increase in Plymouth’s domestic abuse cases. Equally, Plymouth’s persistently higher level of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) than the national figure is very worrying. I share in Trevi’s condemnation of VAWG – we must do better. 

 

We have seen progress made in Westminster. VAWG has been added to the revised Strategic Policing Requirement meaning it is now set out as a national threat for forces to respond to alongside other threats such as terrorism, serious and organised crime and child sexual abuse. The Government is also investing £168 million through the Safer Streets and Safety of Women at Night funds to make streets safer. I will work hard with partners such as Trevi to ensure that these changes are felt on the streets of Plymouth. 

 

If you or someone you know is under threat, please contact the Police. If you would like to raise any general concerns with me about Violence Against Women and Girls, please get in touch via johnny@johnnyforplymouth.co.uk or 01752 876979. Surgeries can also be booked with me through these channels. Furthermore, if you would like to be notified about what I am doing here in Plymouth, including when I next write an op-ed for the Herald, please sign up to my mailing list here.

Luke Jones

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