BBWA Nominated Charity 2022-23

This year's charity: Developing Health & Independence

DHI run innovative services to help disadvantaged people and those living on the margins of society turn their lives around. For example: supported housing, drug treatment and social prescribing. You can find full details of their services and how they help the people of Bath on their web site

We are delighted to be supporting them but because of the prevailing pandemic, we may not be able to start fundraising properly until late summer, therefore, we are proposing to make them the charity throughout our 2021 anniversary year so they will get a few extra months instead of just six months.

Developing Health & Independence (DHI) are delighted to have been chosen as the new charity partner of BBWA. DHI is an award winning local charity helping over 5,000 disadvantaged people each year turn their lives around. The charity was set up in 1999 to help people out of the cycle of homelessness, social isolation and drug/alcohol abuse. DHI’s key strength is being able to respond to clients needs by offering a tailored programme from a range of practical and emotional support services.

For people like Nicki,  support from DHI was a life changing experience.

"My family came to the UK as political refugees from South Africa. I grew up in London; apparently I had behavioural problems as a child, but I didn't know that. I started using drugs when I was about 14. I became a daily user of alcohol, heroin, anything and everything I could get my hands on. By the time I was 40, I was street homeless, and I nearly lost my leg from injecting in my groin. Most people didn't survive that kind of life.

I got clean when I was 40, but I didn't know anything about how to stay clean. I feel so lucky to have gone to the DHI dry house in Stall Street. I was fresh out of treatment, suddenly back in the world, and I didn't have a clue what to do. It would have been frightening, but DHI took that fear away.

It was just brilliant, DHI were brilliant; I will be eternally grateful for everything that they did for me in that early part in my recovery - they just put everything in place for me, and my key worker was amazing. I started to learn how to live again – how to live a normal life without committing crime, without manipulating people, without having to be dishonest. I eventually went to college, went to university and sorted out my health problems. The structure provided by DHI helped me move on to do all those things - I just cannot thank them enough.

I'm 54 now and, having worked for Julian House for a few years, I now work for Curo as a support worker.

DHI turned my life around and made me realise how great life can be".

So BBWA ladies, please help us raise awareness of the wonderful work that DHI do by telling all your friends, family and colleagues about who they are, let's see what we can do to help in any way we can over the coming months.






Previous Charities

  • RUH Forever Friends (in memory of Julie Cooper)
  • Children's Hospice South West
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Marie Curie
  • Off the Record
  • Great Western Air Ambulance
  • People Against Poverty
  • The Golden Oldies
  • The Genesis Trust
  • Dorothy House
  • RICE
  • Bridge Care
  • Friends of Young Carers
  • King Bladud's Pig Appeal
  • Women's Refuge
  • Little Grace
  • The Rainbow Centre
  • Hop Skip and Jump

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