New Trustee at The O’Connor Gateway Trust

Else Solicitors LLP are proud to announce, Dispute Resolution Associate Solicitor – Amiee Thomas has accepted a position as a Trustee of BAC O’Connor (The O’Connor Gateway Trust).

Amiee Thomas has accepted the invitation from Founder and Managing Director, Noreen Oliver MBE to join the Burton based charity, BAC O’Connor as Trustee.

As a Trustee of BAC O’Connor, Amiee will be co-responsible for governing the charity and directing how it is run and managed. Having been a supporter of the charity for quite some time, Amiee has submerged herself in the organisation and acknowledges the huge honour of being asked by Noreen to become a Trustee.

BAC O’Connor provides an essential service within our community. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Noreen and her team through mutual professional connections and began to invest more and more time supporting the charity. I particularly endorse the charities initiatives to integrate services users back into society through their tea rooms in Burton and Cannock.

Langan’s Tea Room is a fantastic facility for our service users to up-skill and thrive in a safe environment. Not only can those in recovery ’learn’ and ‘earn’ an income but they can also give something back to the charity by supporting the financing of the charity for the future. This empowers our people into believing they can make a difference.

I plan to use my experience and expertise as a business woman and Solicitor to influence growth, increase exposure, and ensure the charity is future proof to support users for years to come

Noreen Oliver MBE started the charity back in 1998. BAC O’Connor provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation for hundreds of people. From humble beginnings to an impressive portfolio of services across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent; the charity pride itself in providing excellent, person centered care for all service users. Services range from inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, semi-independent recovery housing, and recovery services in the community or a combination of all of the above. The aim of the charity is to support its service users in choosing the right road to recovery, providing a multi skilled team to assist the journey. Many of the support team have experienced substance misuse themselves, offering an example of the possible outcome services users can strive to achieve.

Part of the programme involves integration back into society through the ‘academy’ which provides:

  • An education department facilitating NVQs in catering, administration, retail, literacy numeracy and so on
  • Work placements at the charities tea room, Langan’s in Burton upon Trent and Cannock
  • A full equipped training kitchen with a qualified chef trainer
  • Opportunities to work with Langan’s External Catering Service
  • An IT Suite
  •  A Job Club
  • Health and Nutrition groups
  • Tenancy skills workshops
  • Music, arts and sports activities
  • A vibrant social environment that is open to our clients during the day, weekends and evenings
  • Social activities such as our Open Mic Night, pool competitions, ladies’ fashion evenings and many more
  • RIOT Radio
  • A range of activities to support long-term abstinence including Recovery Groups, SMART Recovery and peer mentoring through our RIOT (Recovery is out There) service. BAC also provide a weekly therapeutic support programme for families or those affected by a loved ones’ addiction.

To support the charity, why not drop into Langan’s Tea Room in Burton or Cannock? For more information about BAC O’Connor services call 01283 537 280 to speak to the support team.

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