About

Mental Health Charity

Bridewell is a mental health charity, founded in 1994, that offers social and therapeutic horticulture to adults living in Oxfordshire. We are a recovery service and as such our aim is to work with people with enduring mental health issues, helping them move forwards until they are able to lead more active lives in the wider local community.

Ours is a working environment, where the emphasis is on getting out into the open air, taking on new challenges and becoming part of our team. For people who are often quite isolated, this is an important part of their recovery. Based in the Cotswolds we work our walled garden and vineyard using organic practices.

"Without Bridewell, I don't know where we'd be"

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The Team

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Ralph Raistrick

General Manager

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Madi ffrench

Deputy Manager

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Julie Stantiford

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

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Christine

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

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Ian Gourlay

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

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Alex Taylor

Part time Fundraiser

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Liz

Administrator

Trustees

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Mary Elford

Mary has been a trustee since Bridewell was first registered as a charity. Her career was in social work with adults, families and children. Mental ill health was a common thread in her work and she also has experience of mental health caring.

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Richard Khosla-Stevens

Dedicated dog owner and novice pig keeper with a career background within senior management in the publishing industry. Richard started his role as trustee in November 2015 and became Treasurer in 2016.

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Faye Clews

A fundraising consultant with over 15 years experience working within fundraising and marketing teams in a range of health, educational and cultural organisations. Faye has an MBA from Westminster Business School. Faye joined as a Trustee in 2015.

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Richard Luff

With a background in international disaster management (Oxfam, UN and others) for over 25 years, Richard wanted to support civil society and development in his own country and he joined Bridewell as a trustee in 2013.

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Ffyona MacEwan

Following post graduate studies at Oxford Brookes, Ffyona has worked in property development and the public sector. Bringing experience in governance from both small charities and larger organisations, Ffyona became a trustee in 2013.

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Julie-anne Edwards

After a career in film, branding and design, Julie-anne is now taking a degree in Psychotherapy.  Having joined Bridewell as a garden volunteer, she became a trustee in 2015.

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Ashley Ritchie

Ashley Ritchie is currently a lawyer in Oxford who came to Bridewell out of a strong belief in the therapeutic and positive effects of horticulture and outdoor pursuits. He enjoys country walks, cooking and tinkering with technology.

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Rose Hallam

Worked as an NHS Occupational Therapist for eleven years. Then spent 16 years as director of RESTORE an innovative mental health rehabilitation charity. From 2002 – 2014 worked as a freelance consultant, specialising in health, welfare, and community development. Has served on Government advisory committees on disability and employment. A lifelong gardener & vegetable grower.

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John Adams

John is a retired Chief Executive of a national charity working with ex-offenders and has also been a Trustee of a number of organisations. Keen to help those who struggle with mental ill health he says that he 'loves the way in which Bridewell gives people space and purpose in such a delightful setting'

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