EDP to be merged with Humankind

EDP and Humankind logos together side by side

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EDP has proudly supported people in the South-West since 1984, and as a subsidiary of Humankind since April 2020. The two charities have worked closely together, with EDP drawing on Humankind’s national scale and expertise. As closely aligned charities, EDP will now take the next step in integration by merging fully into its parent charity on 1 July of this year.


Uniting the organisations will make us stronger and more sustainable, with Reach Dorset, Together Devon and our wider services becoming Humankind’s South-West operational region. This change will enable us to serve the people of the South-West even better, reaching a greater amount of people. There is no anticipated reduction in the overall number of roles.


Humankind is a well-regarded national provider of treatment and support for people with drug and alcohol and related issues. All of its Care Quality Commission inspected services are assessed as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. Its latest impact report contains further details of the charity, its values, approach and reach.


Humankind has developed a range of bespoke approaches for the local areas and regions it services, and senior leaders from both EDP and Humankind are working hard to develop a model and approach tailored to the needs of people in the South West. We will ensure that the people we serve experience no interruptions to their support.


Penny Blackmore, CEO of EDP said “Working with Humankind as a subsidiary over the last three years has brought many benefits to EDP, so taking this next step feels very natural. Being able to deliver life changing recovery services with our trademark care and professionalism to more people in the South-West is an exciting prospect, and one that we are now ready to take’.


Humankind CEO Paul Townsley said: “After three years of close partnership work, I’m delighted that Humankind will be welcoming EDP staff and services in July. I know both charities pride themselves on their partnership approach as well as their focus on, and belief in, the people they serve. We will ensure these values continue as part of EDP’s proud legacy in the South-West”.


All of us at EDP are excited for this new chapter in our history. If you have any questions please contact info@edp.org.uk