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News / October 14th, 2020

Latest ONS figures show drug related deaths have risen to record levels

“Every death is preventable and we believe there must be a step change to better support vulnerable people."

News / September 17th, 2020

Our Impact

"I am extremely proud of everything that has been achieved this year and want to thank our Trustees, staff and volunteers for their support and dedication to people who use our services."

News / August 5th, 2020

New service provides human support for people who need urgent mental health care

“We fully believe in the value of mentoring, peer support. It means people in crisis will be able to make a human connection with people who’ve had similar experiences and have recovered."

News / July 27th, 2020

Humankind Charity supports World Hepatitis Day with new national Action Plan

“The government have recently identified that people are not getting access to needle and syringe services as they should in this country. At Humankind, we are picking up that challenge."

News / July 3rd, 2020

Humankind-led Forward Leeds drug and alcohol service marks five years

“We have had an amazing five years at Forward Leeds. The service has just had its best ever year and this is down to the hard work of our staff. "

News / July 1st, 2020

WYFI Project has transformed hundreds of lives across West Yorkshire

"WY-FI is about making sure the right kind of help is available for people when they need it, so supporting them to live a more fulfilling life."

News / June 30th, 2020

British army backs pilot scheme to support soldiers with alcohol and gambling issues

"This mutual-aid forum offers a chance for everyone to share similar problems and together find solutions that support them back into recovery."

News / June 1st, 2020

We thank our fantastic volunteers

“I want to thank everybody for all the volunteering that they have done in the last year, and the volunteer hours that people have committed to our organisation."

News / May 21st, 2020

We are all Humankind

Our staff have made a film to let the people who use our services know that we are still here and still open

News / May 18th, 2020

Dotty Dinosaur cheering up residents during lockdown revealed as Humankind doctor

"It has been an absolute delight to entertain them and the strength and love this has given me has really helped me cope with the challenges at work during this difficult time."

News / May 18th, 2020

Humankind-made Hep C film comes second in world competition

The film was originally made as part of a larger campaign created in 2019 to encourage people to get tested for hepatitis C and was made with support from the Leeds City Council, the Hepatitis C Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

News / May 12th, 2020

New Executive Director of London and South

Intro to the We are Humankind Video

We are pleased to announce that Manish Nanda will be joining Humankind as the Executive Director of London and the South in June.

News / May 5th, 2020

New Helpline for those released from Prison during the Coronavirus Pandemic

“There’s considerable evidence that confirms the first few weeks following release as being a critical period during which men and women face a range of increased risks.”

News / April 22nd, 2020

New medicines information resources for staff, service users and others

Information about medication used for managing mental health/substance misuse in easy read formats

News / April 1st, 2020

A big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and NE Prisons

From today, EDP join us as a subsidiary and two new services start in Staffordshire and the North East

News / March 6th, 2020

Our services mark International Women's Day

"It’s about fighting bias, broadening perceptions and improving situations for women. It could be the year-round motto at our Women’s Criminal Justice Service!”

News / February 28th, 2020

Drug deaths are preventable. We must do more.

We are hopeful that Dame Carol’s report, and the summits mark a sea change in which the UK government will swiftly begin to increase funding to reduce drug-related harm and improve people’s chances of recovery.

CEO Blog / February 17th, 2020

Why working together is better than going it alone

Humankind has always worked in partnership to deliver exceptional services to local people. In the last year we have moved from being a Northern charity to becoming a national charity, to have a greater impact and to support local delivery.

News / January 27th, 2020

Humankind Director of Pharmacy receives Research Award

“We need to have a much better understanding of the misuse of Over the Counter and Prescription Only Medication by people who access our services so we can further refine our therapeutic offer."

News / January 22nd, 2020

Volunteer Kitemark

Humankind have successfully retained their Volunteer Kitemark across Leeds for another 3 years.

News / January 15th, 2020

Humankind and EDP to join together

We are delighted to announce that the innovative Devon-based alcohol and drug charity EDP will be joining Humankind on 1st April 2020.

News / January 10th, 2020

New Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service to launch in April

“Organisationally, this contract will bring Humankind and our services into the West Midlands for the first time and allows us to bring our innovative models to support young people and adults to a new area. "

News / December 18th, 2019

Heart of Salford Awards Winner!

We are exceptionally proud to announce that Julie Lindup, a volunteer at the Salford Intensive Family Intervention Project has received a certificate of recognition for her huge contribution to the project

News / December 5th, 2019

CQC rates our North Yorkshire Horizons service Outstanding

"This is a reflection of how our staff constantly strive to go the extra mile and to find ways of improving how we can help people in North Yorkshire receive the help they deserve.”

News / November 14th, 2019

Street Medicine Bus driving healthcare provision for residents at Bradford No Second Night Out

The latest addition to Street Health Team’s weekly programme is Humankind’s largest rough sleeping service: Bradford No Second Night Out (NSNO) at Discovery House.

News / November 4th, 2019

Humankind charity’s positive impact across its services

“We have a deliberate strategy of creating ‘fairer chances for all’ through the development of a range of partnership services, delivering services where there is the most need.”

News / October 31st, 2019

New era for North Yorkshire Horizons successfully underway

“North Yorkshire Horizons is a flagship service. Our team is excited to move this work forward under the new model in a new contract, which has the potential to run for a very long time indeed.”

News / October 23rd, 2019

Health and Social Care Committee Report on Drugs policy response

Intro to the We are Humankind Video

With the rate of drug-related deaths rising rapidly the House of Common’s Health and Social Care Committee Report on Drugs policy, published today, recommends a radical overhaul in UK drugs policy from a criminal justice to a health approach.

News / October 21st, 2019

Humankind staff celebrated for living our values of being committed, honest and inventive

“We want to champion the values that everybody has chosen as our core values. It’s really important to make sure they are embedded across all our services.”

News / October 1st, 2019

A creative outlet for children affected by alcohol and drugs

Today, Humankind’s contribution to the Alcohol Charter blogs campaign has been published. The Alcohol Charter, produced jointly by the Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm, sets out effective and workable policies to reduce the damage to society caused by alcohol misuse.

News / September 27th, 2019

Discussing challenges with a Collective Voice

Collective Voice will be holding three events to bring people together from across the treatment and recovery system to discuss local challenges and hear about our new strategy.

News / September 11th, 2019

The 2019 Recovery Street Film Festival launch

The 2019 Recovery Street Film Festival was launched at the Everyman, King’s Cross on 3rd September where the 10 shortlisted films were shown. Humankind is one of the seven charities involved in organising the festival and we are delighted to announce that this year’s winner, The Beast Inside Me, was made by Junaid, a volunteer at Blenheim, part of Humankind’s service, in Lewisham.

Thousands enjoy FAVOR Recovery Walk, sponsored by Humankind

“The Recovery Walk is really important because each year it’s a celebration of people tackling their addiction issues."

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News / September 9th, 2019

Our Ride for Recovery cyclists celebrate completion of awareness raising 170 mile tour.

“The ride has been brilliant, bringing a group of staff together from different services with one aim. It’s been a great way to raise funds for users of our services and we’re going out with a real high after four days here at the Recovery Walk in Middlesbrough.”

News / September 6th, 2019

Humankind in a new partnership for North East Prisons healthcare services

"We feel that our partnership is uniquely placed to deliver an integrated and impactful service across the prison estate. Collectively, we bring a wealth of experience delivering services to people with complex needs both in a secure environment and in the community."

News / September 6th, 2019

Our Ride for Recovery team mates head into the North East of England

It's day three but I’m loving the bike ride so far, it’s been great to find out about the range of roles and services humankind have amongst their alcohol and drugs services along the way.

News / September 5th, 2019

Our riders travel through Yorkshire on Day Two of fundraising bike ride

“All the users of our service, our volunteers and staff at Forward Leeds are sending their support to everyone taking part in the Humankind Ride for Recovery."

News / September 4th, 2019

No Second Night Out success for Bradford Service

A Humankind service based in Bradford which provides short-term accommodation and support for the homeless has had its contract extended by Bradford Council.

News / September 4th, 2019

Pennines pedaling all in a day's work for staff on Ride for Recovery

“It was great that so many people were there to wish us well. Having people supporting us like this makes us feel it will all be worthwhile”.

News / July 10th, 2019

£1bn alcohol tax giveaways would fund the salaries of 40,000 nurses

Intro to the We are Humankind Video

What would you choose – annual tax giveaways of more than £1 billion to support the alcohol industry or paying the salaries of 40,000 nurses?

News / June 19th, 2019

Exceptional Care award for Humankind Darlington Young Carers’ service

“This award highlights how much young carers and their families in Darlington are benefiting from the Young Carers service and how vital the service is.”

Volunteers Week / June 11th, 2019
News / June 4th, 2019

Humankind celebrates Volunteer Week with a special event

Humankind volunteers gave 15,356 hours of their time in supporting Humankind achieve its vision, mission and values. On Thursday, our celebration event will recognise their contribution to the organisation.

News / May 9th, 2019

Humankind Awarded New Young People's Contract in Kensington

Humankind has been awarded the new young people’s health and well being contract in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster

News / May 8th, 2019

New holistic support contract in Barnsley

Humankind has been successfully awarded a new contract to provide holistic support to people in the Barnsley area with mental health and/or learning difficulties

News / May 7th, 2019

Submissions open for sixth Recovery Street Film Festival

The Recovery Street Film Festival, which encourages people to submit three-minute films conveying their experience of drug and alcohol addiction, has officially launched for the sixth consecutive year.

News / April 18th, 2019

Stronger position to inform national policy

"...service providers such as Humankind enable us to hear first-hand accounts from the frontline...."

News / April 15th, 2019

Supporting staff and commissioners even more

Intro to the We are Humankind Video

The merger of Blenheim and Humankind has brought together not only our shared values but also the valuable contribution of all service users, families and carers, partners, stakeholders, commissioners, volunteers and our staff.

News / April 9th, 2019

Sharing knowledge to develop innovative ways of working

We will have more impact on people’s wellbeing and will continue and develop our innovative service design and delivery, with ambitious plans to extend our digital offers.

News / April 5th, 2019

90 years’ experience in supporting people to reach their full potential

As a newly merged organisation, we have combined 90 years’ experience in supporting people to reach their full potential. Our ethos of putting people first will not change as a merged organisation – in fact, it’s strengthened.

News / April 3rd, 2019

Local services for local communities

From 1st April 2019, Humankind and Blenheim have merged to create one organisation that takes a new approach to addressing health and social inequalities. We are so excited about the merger that we have created an animation to tell you about it.

News / April 1st, 2019

Humankind and Blenheim merge

“This is an incredibly exciting time for us as we both share the same vision for all people to be safe, building ambitions for the future and reaching their full potential."

News / March 22nd, 2019

Humankind-led North Yorkshire Horizons contract is renewed

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

News / March 14th, 2019

Humankind to present new treatment pathway at international NPS conference in Maastricht

“We hope to discuss our model at the conference, gain further knowledge and hear the views and experience of other professionals worldwide.”

News / March 4th, 2019

New Humankind service supports young carers in South Tyneside

The service will work towards identifying ‘hidden’ young carers and, in partnership with mainstream and specialist services, to reduce the impact of the caring role for young people across South Tyneside.

News / February 15th, 2019

Jo's expert input in updated NICE guidance

Humankind worker Jo Boyd has offered expert input towards updated guidance for alcohol interventions in secondary and further education.

News / February 12th, 2019

Care Quality Commission rates North Yorkshire Horizons' clinical services “Outstanding”

“We are proud to see this report recognise strong leadership, governance and collaborative working across North Yorkshire Horizons."

News / January 25th, 2019

Humankind in new partnership to support those in the criminal justice system with mental health and learning disabilities

"Liaison and diversion is a critical service working with some very vulnerable people who have multiple and complex needs."

News / January 24th, 2019

LGBT+ North East group work with artists to create thought provoking exhibition

I've made friends, I've done things that I would not have done without being part of this exhibition. I feel a bit more confident.

News / January 21st, 2019

Humankind and London charity Blenheim CDP confirm merger

We have had "an exceptionally positive response, from our staff teams, but also from our partners, stakeholders and the public".

CEO Blog / January 14th, 2019

Ange Walker has recently retired as the Deputy CEO of Humankind.

"Ange is pioneering in her approach and this has required a need to challenge and stand up for what’s right. She has always worked in partnership and brought fun and humour in good measure, as well."

News / December 21st, 2018

Christmas Party fun for Darlington Young Carers, aged from seven to 12

"All the team would like to wish all of our Young Carers and their Families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2019."

News / December 21st, 2018

Efforts of Humankind volunteers celebrated at second event of 2018

Volunteer Ramin Pourezza said: "Volunteering for Humankind is absolutely fantastic you meet so many people from so many walks of life – so many different experiences."

News / December 14th, 2018

Humankind appoints Leeds-wide Domestic Abuse Lead Practitioner

As the new Domestic Abuse Lead Practitioner, Becky Carrington will provide a coordinated delivery of support and management of risk to domestic violence perpetrators and their families across our Leeds services.

News / December 7th, 2018

Humankind publishes its top ten tips for safer seasonal drinking

Read our top ten tips for a safer Christmas.

News / December 7th, 2018

We launch Christmas campaign across London and the North.

Our drug and alcohol services in London and the North of England have launched simultaneous campaigns offering advice to vulnerable people and party goers on how to “Keep calm at Christmas”.

News / December 7th, 2018

Wearside workers celebrate success at Away Day

Workers, who gathered at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, discussed a successful year and looked forward to the year ahead.

News / December 6th, 2018

South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service formally launched

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which is led by Humankind, has been formally launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Shields.

News / November 27th, 2018

The National Union of Students’ Alcohol Impact Award

Specialist work to reduce alcohol related harm to students at Durham University has been marked with a prestigious award.

News / November 18th, 2018

Humankind and Blenheim announce intention to merge

Humankind and innovative London-based alcohol and drug charity Blenheim CDP intend to merge in April 2019 to form a national organisation named Humankind, employing over 1,100 staff.

News / November 9th, 2018

Learners at Humankind are thanked for their fundraising Remembrance

Learners at the Steps 4 Success @ Humankind course have raised over £240 for the Help for Heroes charity.

News / October 16th, 2018

Government urged to aim high with a pioneering new alcohol strategy

The document entreats policy makers to urgently tackle the increased availability of cheap alcohol and empower the public to make fully informed decisions about their drinking.

News / October 9th, 2018

Success of WY-FI Annual Learning Event

More than 200 guests attended the West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI) largest ever Annual Learning Event at the Civic Hall in Leeds.

News / October 2nd, 2018

Humankind attains top cyber security standard

Humankind has successfully been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification

News / September 14th, 2018

Humankind launches 2017/18 Impact Report

“We have worked hard to have a really great year and we know we must move forward in the same way."

News / September 10th, 2018

Humankind sponsors another “fantastic” Recovery Walk

“It is about listening to the stories of triumph over real adversity and of learning from people in recovery and from our colleagues in services around the country.”

News / September 7th, 2018

Humankind supports and sponsors 2018 FAVOR Recovery Walk

“This is something that we look forward to every year as a celebration of the very real achievements of individuals in recovery."

News / August 30th, 2018

Humankind Supports International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

News / August 10th, 2018

Tender Opportunity for Specialist Employability support (planned publication date August 2018)

The Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) delivers the Step Forward Tees Valley programme across the Tees Valley Area and aims to support people experiencing barriers and complex needs move closer towards work and training opportunities.

News / July 20th, 2018

Humankind Drug and Alcohol Services launch the Wasted Summer campaign

"The messages that we are trying to get out there are about having fun but doing so in a way that means you and others aren’t put at risk."

News / July 5th, 2018

Happy 70th birthday to the NHS

As a charity which specialises in creating services and support to meet people’s complex health and social needs, Humankind celebrates the 70th birthday of the NHS.

News / June 20th, 2018

We are Humankind – our charter of values

Paul Townsley, Chief Executive Officer of Humankind, said: “This document shows everyone what we’re all about at Humankind."

News / June 18th, 2018

‘North Yorkshire Relay’ raises funds for cancer care

Staff from North Yorkshire Horizons, the county’s integrated substance misuse service, are taking part in an ambitious 180-mile fundraising challenge to raise money for York Hospital’s Magnolia Centre.

News / June 11th, 2018

Humankind's Gender Pay Gap Report

Humankind welcomes the Government’s reporting and we believe that promoting equal opportunity and ending all forms of discrimination is not only a human right, but it is key to the success of the organisation.

News / June 7th, 2018

A Brand New Era as DISC changes its name to Humankind

DISC (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities), is now known as Humankind.

CEO Blog / June 7th, 2018

Volunteers inspire us all

CEO Paul Townsley's blog on his own experience of volunteering this Volunteers' Week

News / May 23rd, 2018

We're beating the drum for volunteering

Our annual Volunteers’ Week event is taking place on the morning of Wednesday 6th June and is open to all Humankind Volunteers.

News / May 22nd, 2018

Enjoyable afternoon for rehab clients visiting 5 WAYS

5 WAYS provides an afternoon of fun for clients visiting from St. Anne’s Residential Rehabilitation Service.

News / May 22nd, 2018

Strong support at Kirklees Family Intervention Project

Claire Bradshaw shares the story of her positive volunteering experience.

News / May 22nd, 2018

Workers’ “hard graft” helps launch of national LGBT+ website

Workers in Humankind’s LGBT+ projects have played a major part in the creation of a new national website which is aimed at tackling issues faced by the LGBT community in schools.

News / May 15th, 2018

Colleagues fundraising for Teesside Hospice

Four of our workers are raising money for Teesside Hospice, at a Midnight Walk on 16th June.

News / May 14th, 2018

Volunteering at The Greens is priceless

Sarah Spencer tells her own story about her volunteering experience with us.

News / May 9th, 2018

Event to say thank you to Humankind workers

A special lunch has been held to thank workers involved in large scale projects to launch drug and alcohol services in County Durham and South Tyneside.

News / May 4th, 2018

New homes opened in Yorkshire for people with learning disabilities

Three new properties have been opened by Humankind Housing in Tong near Bradford to provide homes for people who have learning disabilities.

CEO Blog / May 4th, 2018

Pride in realising potential and building for people’s future

It’s with great pride that we have been able to launch our accommodation offer in Bradford.

News / April 26th, 2018

Dawn at More Time shortlisted for honour

Dawn, More Time Business Manager shortlisted for a Star Employer Talent Match award

News / April 20th, 2018

A night of celebration for Recovery graduates in Leeds

Forward Leeds hosted a Recovery Graduation to celebrate the achievement of treatment & recovery with the Forward Leeds service

CEO Blog / April 20th, 2018

An inspirational evening

Blog from Paul Townsley on the Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation

News / April 19th, 2018

New campaign warning against increasing cannabis strength

Six Humankind-led drug and alcohol services across Northern England have launched simultaneous, hard-hitting campaigns aimed at encouraging people who use cannabis to think again about their use and recognise the increasing strength of the drug

News / April 17th, 2018

#Humankind2020 campaign on schedule to help hundreds progress

Humankind2020 initiative aims to support 2020 people into employment and training by the year 2020.