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About us

We know that treatment and recovery hold transformative power for people with drug or alcohol problems – and their families and communities.

We believe that anyone in England with a substance use problem should be able to access evidence-based and person-centred support to keep them safe and enable them to make the change they want to see in their lives. The voluntary sector is the cornerstone of this support.

Collective Voice works in partnership with a range of organisations and alliances to help make this happen:


We work with policy-makers and campaigning organisations to advocate for the importance of treatment and recovery — and the vital role that charities play in delivering it.

We work with providers, officials, people with lived experience and commissioners to ‘build the field’ by sharing information, supporting connection and fostering innovation.


And we are continuing to develop our leadership role within the system, adding independence to our charity board, convening a treatment and provider leadership group and as a proud member of the Making Every Adult Matter Coalition.

Collective Voice is led by CEO Jess Mullen – see our full staff team – and chair Lea Milligan, CEO of mental health research charity MQ.

Created through the collective leadership of treatment and recovery charities in 2015, we are proud of our heritage. Read more about our sponsoring organisations. As a charity, Collective Voice is governed by a board of trustees.

To keep informed of our work and the latest drug and alcohol policy news, comment, events and opportunities sign up to our weekly bulletin

Collective Voice is proud to be an organisational member of the Anti-Stigma Network, which is working to improve understanding of the stigma and discrimination experienced by all people harmed by drug and alcohol use. 

We will continually challenge the stigmatisation of drug and alcohol use and treatment, across our engagement with the sector, with the government, and with the public.


Collective Voice is the national charity working to improve England’s drug and alcohol treatment and recovery systems