What a day…

Last Sunday saw the culmination of a wacky idea some 18 months previously. One of our Trustees Rob, took part in the Great Bristol Run – 13.1 miles or 21.1km round Bristol.

It was a truly incredible day from start to finish, the crowds, the support and the over £3100 raised for the charity.

Rob described it as a “day he would savour forever” and like nothing he has ever experienced before. First 16km went exactly to plan, barring a couple of ‘hold ups’ due to the sheer number of runners!

Last 5km were the toughest, Castle Park Hill at 12 miles comes to mind. Despite the so called ‘wall’ being met, Rob was able to manage his way through this, in fact speeding up on each of the last 5km. The ‘wall’ was met with a ‘wall of noise’ who shouted him down the line

Rob finished in a time of 1hr 45mins and 21 seconds. A lifetime best…a personal best and lots of other bests! It was after all, the first time he had ever attempted anything like this.

The aftermath, relatively unscathed – a few healthy aches, an argument with a toe nail trying to leave its bed but other than that, all good.

So a massive thank you to everyone who supported and made it possible, you all know who you are and on behalf of the charity – to all those who donated, it really has made a huge difference!

The SWHS Team x

Run time..fun time!

This is Rob, one of the Trustees for Somewhere House Somerset. In a few hours time, I will be taking part in the Great Bristol Run. 21.1km or 13.1miles

What started as “something needs to change” during the last Covid Lockdown, has now become way way more than that and a big part of my life. 18 months ago, I could barely run 200metres…and now today I will attempt a rather longer distance.

I have trained so hard, sometimes too much. A few niggling injuries along the way but overall, hopefully I am ready.

Then there is this wonderful charity that I am lucky to be a part of. All funds raised, to date around £2000 (plus gift aid) will go to supporting children and young people in our community. If you haven’t yet sponsored me, there is still time! Click here

Along the way I have been touched by all the support for this. Those closest to me know it’s a big deal for personal reasons – overcoming addiction, a serious knee injury and more. I have been interviewed for newspapers, been on BBC radio and even on the website. Thank you to everyone who has publicised and for those closest to me, for putting up with me!

I have been asked a number of times recently, what is the game plan? It’s really very simple. Don’t go off to quickly. Following that and all being well,. I intend to run as hard as my body will allow me to, for as long as it will allow me to. I am fully expecting challenges both physically and mentally. That is what I signed up for…but above all I intend to enjoy and savour every single minute of it.

If you are wanting to come support this great event – I am in the Pink Wave, setting off around 10.50 and my race number is 11043, should you want to track me on the Great Run App

Plans for the future? If all goes to plan…did someone say the London Marathon?

Rob x

Quiz Night!

Come down and join us at our next Quiz Night – Ritz Social Club, Burnham on Sea 7.30pm on 3rd October.

All funds raised going to the charity and we really enjoy these evenings, they’re great fun. Teams of 6, £2 entry per person. Raffle and guaranteed laughter!

See you there!

“Conversations with…” Podcast…with Dot!

The founder of the charity, Angie Clarke and one of the Trustees, Mike Turner continue with their new Podcast called ‘Conversations with’

This is an informal sit down with a slew of guests, next up is Dot! A local lady, who talks about life, travels and certainly has a story or 2 to tell!

Defo worth a listen which you can do so by clicking here

Let us know what you think, and if you would like to feature, do get in touch we’d love to hear from you!

The SWHS Team

Building up slowly…

So as this post is written, there are 18 days remaining until I run the Great Bristol Run. “I” being Rob, one of the Trustees of this amazing charity that serves to help those in the community who are struggling. The charity that through everything, even a global pandemic – has continued to see over 135 people a week and flourishes to this day.

As one of the board members, you might think it’s all been great for me – but I too have had my own personal struggles – serious addiction, mental health and some days, that feeling of desperation. How are things ever going to get better? It is a miracle I am even alive, has been said a few times. But I am. I fought and now I choose to give back to others. I really do have a great life these days.

But when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, my day job at Somewhere House – an addiction rehab centre, required me to try to the best of my ability, to keep myself and also the clients I work with, out of the pandemic’s way. We did it but it was at a cost. I struggled – like all of us – the isolation, the lockdowns, the uncertainty. My go to? Food. I put on a lot of weight and eventually decided in Feb 2021 that I had to do something about this. How could I care for others if I am not caring for myself?

This is where the running comes in. At first, I’ll be honest – I hated it. But like my battles with addiction, I fought with it and stuck with it and over time, saw that not only was the weight shifting but that my thoughts and ability to process and think about stuff, was clearer. The fitter I got, the more I pushed myself.

I know I thought, let’s run a half marathon. So, just over 18 months later – that is what is happening.

Have I trained hard? Yes, like you cannot imagine. At times, I have over trained and been rightly challenged for this. That person knows who they are, and thank you. I shouldn’t even be able to run, let alone a half marathon. A serious knee injury in 2008 and 5 operations, should say it all but today, I am able to run free, and love every previous minute of it.

I literally have given the training everything and now, barring injuries and illness – it will become a daunting exhilarating reality. I am excited and also scared about it – but intend to enjoy every minute of it, no matter what.

Yes I have a personal goal time in mind – but I will respectfully keep that a secret! Until afterwards.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me, listened to me droaning on about running this and running that – gadgets, shoes, trainer socks and even hi vis gear!

This is my fundraising link – please support it if you can – needless to say, all money raised is going directly to the charity and will support children and young people with counselling.


Thank you all

Rob x

Car Boot Sale This Saturday

Come down and see us this weekend at the Car Boot Sale, BASC Ground, Burnham on Sea, 13th August, 12-4pm and remember sun cream it’s going to be hot!

We will have lots of bargains and all proceeds raised, go directly to the charity.

Our volunteers hope to see as many of you there as possible!

The SWHS Team x

Great Bristol running challenge for children’s mental health

Recovering addict Rob Jones, trustee of Somewhere House Somerset, looks to raise vital funds to provide free counselling and support to young people across Somerset

A SOMERSET-BASED recovering addict who took to running in his early forties during the last national lockdown is getting set to take on a very personal fundraising challenge to aid young people’s mental health, in honour of the organisation that placed him on his path to recovery.

Rob Jones, 44, from Burnham-on-Sea, will be running the Great Bristol Run this September, and is calling on the local community to help him raise at least £2,500 to fund 100 hours of professional counselling for children and young people in Somerset, to address the emotional trauma that the pandemic has placed on them.

Rob, who overcame acute addiction to prescription painkillers following a severe knee injury, has served as a trustee for Somewhere House Somerset, a charity that provides low-cost therapeutic services to people in need across the Somerset region, for the past three years. Rob also oversees day-to-day operations at the charity’s sister organisation, drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre Somewhere House. It was at Somewhere House that Rob, who is now close to nine years drink and drug free, first battled and overcame his addiction.

For Rob and the charity, the pandemic proved to be an incredibly challenging period:

“Covid has been incredibly tough for everyone, but it’s been especially traumatic for young people – and we now urgently need to support children’s mental health and recovery from this period, while they are still children. At the start of the pandemic, we were all very concerned that we would not be able to continue to offer our services to people in need – and were frightened about what would happen to the clients that rely on us if we were forced to temporarily close. Thankfully, we worked through it, but it’s certainly taken a big toll on all of us.”

Rob’s health and overall wellbeing declined during the pandemic, as he focused on looking after others:

“I really resorted to food during the lockdowns; I was too busy taking care of everyone else and wasn’t looking after me. I ended up putting on close to three stone in weight – and in February 2021, when we were in yet another lockdown, I decided that enough was enough; I had to do something as I was falling apart without an outlet or a release. I decided to give running a try.”

While many around the UK embraced exercise as a way to combat the mental health toll that the pandemic was taking, this has been a particularly big challenge for Rob, who suffered a serious knee injury in 2008 and has since undergone five subsequent operations to rebuild it.

“By rights, with my knee, I shouldn’t be running. When I began, I couldn’t run much further than 200m without getting a stitch – but I wasn’t going to back down. Running is something that shouldn’t be possible for me with a reconstructed knee, yet I’ve stuck with it day-after-day and it’s now become a huge part of my routine. I’ve shed over two stone, got fitter than I’ve ever been and it’s given me a massive mental health grounding for the future.”

The Great Bristol Run, taking place on 25th September, will be the first organised, long-distance run that Rob has ever taken part in – and he is looking forward to the opportunity and the atmosphere on race day.

“I’m under no illusions that the race itself is going to be a challenge, both mentally and physically. I am aiming to complete the half marathon in under two hours. It’s a great opportunity to raise loads of money for a cause that I genuinely believe in; supporting the young people who need our help right now will drive me forward to cross the finish line!”

Local individuals and businesses can now donate to Rob’s fundraising page for Somewhere House Somerset: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/somewherehousesomerset

To learn more about the charity’s work, visit somewherehousesomerset.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter.

Grant Funding Support

Yet another generous donation from a local agency, supporting the charity. A £1000 grant to help with counselling those in need in the community.

The charity exists to support our local community and those who need help. We rely on fundraising, grant donations and donations from clients for their sessions.

If you can offer your time to fundraise or even just volunteer, then we’d love to here from you and help another in need

Thank you

The Team x

Fundraise for us

Got an event coming up? Thinking about raising some money for a local charity? How about us?!

Somewhere House Somerset is a grass roots charity, set up ‘for the people’ and we offer counselling and support to people of all ages. Community events, school talks and 121 therapy to name a few.

We are one of the Mayor’s charities of the year and proud to be so! So can you get involved and help us too? We’d love to hear from you.

The SWHS Team

New Team Members

To meet ongoing, high demand for our service we have been working hard behind the scenes to recruit new counsellors. Well this is happening and we are pleased to say that we have a new counsellor, Emma who is starting and a further 3 following shortly!

Welcome to them all and looking forward to having them join the Somewhere House Somerset Team