Pioneering health and social care charity Humankind and innovative Devon-based alcohol and drug charity EDP have announced they will join together on 1st April 2020.

EDP will form a subsidiary within Humankind, a national organisation which takes an innovative approach to addressing health and social inequalities. Combined, we will employ over 1,500 staff who are committed to pursuing their vision for people of all ages to be safe, building ambitions for the future and reaching towards their full potential.

Paul Townsley, Chief Executive of Humankind said today: “Humankind and EDP have worked collaboratively for several years and have recognised that we will have a greater impact for our service users by bringing together our learning, development and our resources.  Our impact on our service users and their communities will be our prime measure of success. 

Together, we will bring the strengths of an organisation which is embedded in the South West community, delivering high calibre services, with an organisation which has a national footprint and influence.”

Penny Blackmore, Chief Executive of EDP, said: “EDP puts its service users at the heart of every decision, ensuring that all organisational developments offer better impact, increased opportunities and strengthened outcomes for those who access our services. Joining Humankind offers unrivalled opportunities to innovate our service design and delivery for the benefit of everyone accessing our support. 

We are proud of the many partnerships that we have developed and the culture of collaborative working that addresses the individual needs of each person engaged with our support and we are very much looking forward to developing and strengthening this new approach to addressing health and social inequalities as part of Humankind”.

Humankind has been working since the mid-1980s to provide services for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in local communities. In the current financial year, it will help over 28,000 people. 

Humankind staff are based at its headquarters in County Durham, and in services across the North East, Yorkshire, the Humber, the North West, London and West Sussex. Services include the More Time Social Enterprise, Housing and Independent Living Support, Health Young People and Families, Employment Training and Education and Substance Misuse. 

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) is a charity working primarily in the South West, providing services across Devon and Dorset, in the community and within prisons. It offers a number of dynamic and innovative initiatives which work alongside people to improve their wellbeing, social connections and employability. EDP is passionate about supporting individuals who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviour, to improve their lives. The fundamental belief underpinning its work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes.

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