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Humankind-led North Yorkshire Horizons contract is renewed

A partnership led by Humankind and including Spectrum CIC and Changing Lives has been successful in renewing its contract to provide the North Yorkshire Horizons drug and alcohol recovery service.

The new five year contract, awarded by North Yorkshire County Council, begins on 1st October, 2019, will run until October 2024 and may be extended for a further five years after that.

The Horizons service, which last month was awarded “outstanding” status by the Care Quality Commission, sees some 2,900 clients each year in town centre hubs in Northallerton, Harrogate, Skipton, Scarborough and Selby. Its workers also conduct outreach sessions in rural areas including Malton, Whitby, Tadcaster, Sherburn, Thirsk, Great Ayton and Catterick.

Ted Haughey, Humankind’s Executive Director of Operations, North East and North Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted to continue to lead this high profile and innovative service for the people of North Yorkshire.

“This is marvellous news for our service users, our dedicated staff and volunteers and for Humankind and its partners, Spectrum CIC and Changing Lives.

 “We are ambitious for the future of North Yorkshire Horizons and we will continue to provide the best possible service with honesty, commitment and innovation for our clients.”

The existing contract for North Yorkshire Horizons has run since October, 2014. Humankind runs other drug and alcohol misuse services in County Durham and South Tyneside with Spectrum. And has similar high profile recovery services in Sunderland, Leeds, Barnsley and the Halifax area.

Dr Linda Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Community Health CIC and clinical partner in North Yorkshire Horizons: “We’re so happy that North Yorkshire Horizons have been awarded this contract and that our organisation can continue our work in partnership, working with Humankind and Changing Lives to build on our strong foundations and track record of service excellence to deliver truly effective services for the citizens of North Yorkshire

“The whole Spectrum team are excited to continue to work within a partnership  that recognises the importance of personalised care and the integral role of family, friends, peers and other professionals as well as wider local partnerships in supporting individuals on their journey from drug or alcohol misuse to recovery.”

Becky Elton, Executive Director Operations at Changing Lives, said: “Changing Lives is delighted to be working in partnership with Humankind and Spectrum CIC to continue and enhance services for people recovering from addiction in North Yorkshire.

“We are looking forward to helping more people to work towards recovery, find meaning for themselves outside of addiction and reconnect with their own communities and recovery communities across the county.”