About us

Break the cycle, move forward

About us

Forward empowers people to break the cycle of addiction or crime to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive futures. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make changes to create better lives with jobs, family, friends and a sense of community.


About our drug and alcohol services

Our evidence based drug and alcohol services are tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths and motivations. We adapt our approach for each client, whatever they are ready for, however long we have with them and wherever their location. From brief workshops to minimise risk and build motivation, through to longer term intensive programmes that tackle deep-rooted behaviour, our programmes build an array of skills to support our clients.



Employment Services for ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction

Our employment services help people to break the cycle of re-offending and addiction through training and employment activities that are grounded in the real world of work. Operating across Justice, Welfare to Work and Local Authority commissioning frameworks, our services include:


Motivation: Activities and interventions to engage, inspire, and prepare offender/learners for real jobs

Skills: Accredited vocational training based on employer needs

Starting Out: Apprenticeships and Volunteering

Into Work: Direct employment of ex-offenders through our award-winning Blue Sky Agency and wider brokerage services, plus in-work support

Enterprise: Self-Employment and Enterprising Route ways. (We invest in our own enterprises – and start-up enterprises –that employ, and are led by, people in recovery from crime or addiction).

Our services are informed by years of working with some of the hardest-to-reach people in the community, in custody and through the gate. Our expert team includes people with lived experience, who can promote inspirational peer support with our target client groups. 34% of Forward’s staff are ex-offenders or in recovery from addiction.