About us

The project is led by Paul Hayes, working alongside a range of organisations and affiliated professionals. Paul has a 25 year track record of engaging central and local government, the criminal justice system, the NHS, and the Third Sector to deliver excellent outcomes for service users and communities at national and local level.

The project is sponsored and overseen by a group of third sector substance misuse service providers including Addaction, Blenheim, Change, grow, live, Cranstoun, DISC, Phoenix Futures and Turning Point.

The intention is that structures developed by the project will over time draw in a wide range of third sector and NHS providers, and create alliances across other relevant sectors including mental health, criminal justice, and housing to identify issues of shared concern.

The project is overseen by a Board made up of the Chief Executives of the funding organisations


Facts and figures

The project is sponsored and overseen by a group of the largest third sector substance misuse service providers in the UK who collectively:
  • Work with 400,000 people each year.
  • Employ 10,000 staff, including 120 doctors and 370 nurses.
  • Draw on the time of 3,000 volunteers.
  • Deliver services in 70 prisons.
  • Have an annual turnover of £380 million.