The Forward Trust joins Collective Voice
Monday 20 July 2020

Forward are delighted to be joining Collective Voice, the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery charities. 

Collective Voice was created in 2015 by voluntary sector organisations coming together to ensure the voice of the drug and alcohol treatment sector, and the people who use its services, was heard in policy and political discussions. 

Mike Trace, CEO of Forward, said:

“We are pleased to be part of Collective Voice, especially at this pivotal, challenging time of the global pandemic when innovation and joined-up thinking is particularly vital. Forward is committed to sharing knowledge and experience widely in order to support discussion and progress and thus achieve transformational change in the lives of as many people as possible. I am proud of how our staff have risen to the challenge during Covid-19 and coped with changing our models of service delivery and administration almost overnight. I hope to be able to share examples of the creativity and resilience out on the frontline, as well as to learn from the work other Collective Voice members have done, in order to better empower people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction to move forward with their lives.”

Paul Townsley, chair of Collective Voice, said:

“Collective Voice and myself believe that by working together our service achieves much more for our beneficiaries. Covid-19 has shown that real collaboration is possible, but it has also revealed the fault lines of inequality in our society and the communities we serve. The effects of the pandemic have left us at a crossroads. I therefore look forward to welcoming both The Forward Trust and WDP at this important time. Both charities bring extensive history and experience to our alliance – Collective Voice will be the stronger for it.”

Our new partners at Collective Voice include WDP, Change Grow Live, Changing Lives, Cranstoun, EDP Drug & Alcohol Services, Humankind, Phoenix Futures, We Are With You and Turning Point.

To find out more, head to: https://www.collectivevoice.org.uk/