Caroline Lucas MP visits Brighton Pavilions


Caroline Lucas MP visited our Brighton service, Pavilions, on Friday 7 September. We showed her around the new premises for the substance misuse service and shared our service developments with her, in particular, the work we are doing to target high risk injecting populations.

We were also joined by Oliver Standing, the newly appointed director of Collective Voice.

East Sussex FACT receives a grant of £34,000


Cranstoun’s East Sussex Families & Carers Team (ESFACT) has received a grant of £34,000 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safe Space Sussex Funding Network.

Team Leader, Emma Jones joined the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne on 22 August to accept the grant award and explain how the funding will help victims to cope and recover from crime and abuse in Sussex.

Commenting on the funding award, Emma Jones said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Safe Space Funding Network, which will allow us to continue to deliver our service to families in East Sussex who are affected by someone who has a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance misuse.”

Commending East Sussex Families & Carers Team on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “The East Sussex Families & Carers Team is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to help victims and protect our most vulnerable. I look forward to visiting the team at their office in Eastbourne and following the progress of their project over the next year.”

Cranstoun awarded grant by Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation

Cranstoun awarded grant by Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation Cranstoun

We’re delighted to announce we have been issued a grant award of £2,500 by Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation.

The £2,500 donation will support ‘Entry into Employment Loans’ for our West Berkshire service, whereby service users can apply and get financial and administrative support to obtain essential items needed to access employment. Essentials that can be accessed include entry-level course fees, clothing, equipment, trade tools and access to health and safety certificates. The funding will provide an immediate solution to support an immediate need and will help to support approximately 25 service users.

Clare Maryan, our Director of Development said of the donation: “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant. Service users can be prevented from taking their first step towards employment if they are unable to obtain simple, everyday items, which can be mandatory to enter the workplace. This donation will enable our service users to achieve their employment goals.”

Genevieve Glover, Chair of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation said: “We are pleased to be supporting Cranstoun. Not only does the charity work with individuals in structured treatment programmes to support people to achieve their substance recovery goals but also provides them with support and funding to get themselves back into employment, increasing their chances of abstinence.”

For more information on the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, please visit

Cranstoun awarded Gold by Investors in People

Cranstoun awarded Gold by Investors in People Cranstoun

We’re delighted to announce that following a thorough assessment of our people management processes, we have been awarded a gold standard accreditation by Investors in People!

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

Our accreditation lasts for the next three years and, in line with IIP’s recommendations, we will continue to make improvements in people management throughout the organisation.

Commenting on the award, Kim Coles, our Executive Director of HR and Governance, said: “We are thrilled and immensely proud to be awarded a Gold standard accreditation from Investors in People. Our staff teams work incredibly hard every day to improve the lives of others and make a real difference, so it’s hugely important to us that we give something back and provide them with a positive, supportive and inspiring place to work.”

Download our press release here

Annual Service User Survey 2017-18

We carried out our annual service user survey across Cranstoun and Swanswell services from November 2017 to January 2018. The survey was open to all service users in any type of treatment, from drop-in attendees to service users in long-term structured treatment.

We received 1628 responses across 15 services, including nine adult community substance misuse services, two young peoples’ community substance misuse services, two residential services, one supported housing service, one family and carers service and one family and carers team.

Here are a few of the key results:

The highest scoring question was on staff friendliness and approachability.

The most commonly given score was 10 out of 10.

Service users find our most helpful treatments/activities to be key work, group work, prescribing and complementary therapies.

The most common positive outcomes experienced by our service users were abstinence or less use, stability, a greater understanding of addiction and recovery, and improved relationships with their loved ones.

The top three words used to describe the service were safe, happy and positive.

96.7% of service users said they would recommend their service.

In response to the survey, we also received some fantastic feedback from our service users:

We are so relieved to find a service for families with members with mental health and drug addiction. We have felt very alone coping with our son’s problems and not sure if we are doing ‘the right thing’. I now have someone I can talk things through with. Having free counselling sessions arranged for him with no waiting list has been a real help to him and to us and something that would have been so helpful several years ago but was not offered by GP or any other mental health service. Cranstoun has really given me HOPE! Thanks.

– East Sussex FACT

I referred myself after 25 years of drug and alcohol use. I wish I had done it a lot earlier as the service has turned my life around. Mentally and physically, I have been able to gain my family life back and focus on my health and fitness, resulting in 5 stone weight loss.

– Inspire Sutton

I’ve been coming here for over a year now, and I am finally accepting the fact that recovery is a journey and I can see how far I have come in that time. IRiS have helped me immensely and quite literally have been my lifeline. I will beat addiction. Thank you 🙂

– Iris Reading

All of the staff and community at Swanswell have helped me back from the brink of a very dark place and without them, I probably wouldn’t still be here. Thank you!

– Swanswell Worcestershire

Click here to read the full service user survey report.

Welcome to our new website!

We’ve been developing a new and refreshed website for Cranstoun over the past few months, and we’re excited to announce that it is now live!

With this new site, we hope to provide you all with an easier way to find out about our services as well as making it easier to navigate and access the information you’re looking for.

The website has been redesigned to improve accessibility – you will notice it has an inbuilt translation feature (bottom left) and an accessibility menu (top right). It is also mobile friendly.

Our work is certainly not over. We will constantly be building and developing it to meet the needs of our visitors, and already have lots of exciting features planned for the near future, so watch this space!

We hope you enjoy browsing the new website and find it informative and easy to use. If you have any feedback, please contact us at

West Midlands Drug Policy Recommendations


West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has announced a set of practical proposals to tackle the cost of drugs to public services, reduce drug-related crime and the shocking number of deaths in the region, in a report published today.

The Commissioner’s proposals include:

  • Establishing a formal scheme to divert those suffering from addiction into treatment and away from the courts.
  • Joining-up police, community safety and public health funding streams to increase efficiency and improve outcomes for those suffering from addiction.
  • Prescribing heroin in a medical setting to people suffering from addiction who have not responded to other forms of treatment. This will take the market away from organised criminals and stop people stealing to fund their addiction. Work with the Home Office, who have championed the benefits of Heroin Assisted Treatment.
  • Equipping and training police officers in the application of naloxone – a medication that can be used to help those overdosing.
  • Establishing a Drug Early Warning Programme, to make the public, outreach workers and medical professionals aware of the impact of emerging drugs. The aim is to reduce the number of deaths.
  • Introducing on-site testing in night-time economy areas to reduce the number of deaths and increase the authorities’ intelligence of drugs in circulation.
  • Considering the benefits of Drug Consumption Rooms to assess if they would add value to current services in the West Midlands. Drug Consumption Rooms allow people suffering from addiction to access clean equipment, medical support and drug treatment services.
  • Ensuring more money is seized from large-scale organised criminal gangs, profiting from the misery of the drugs trade. The extra money will be invested in drug treatment programmes.

Jamieson says he will work with organisations and the people of the West Midlands to turn the eight recommendations into reality.

Peter Glass, Cranstoun’s Director of Operations, said:

“The Cranstoun Group is pleased to have contributed to the development of the West Midlands Drug Policy Recommendations document, which identifies a number of key areas, not only around wider policy issues in the field but specifically in establishing the importance and value of drug treatment as a proven intervention to significantly reduce crime.

The value of treatment and recovery providers working within community-based Criminal Justice environments is well documented and any opportunity to re-introduce drug intervention programmes, along with engagement and diversion schemes should be a cornerstone of any future development and commissioning.”

You can read the full recommendations document here.

Prime Minister Theresa May visits Resilience


Prime Minister Theresa May visited our Maidenhead service Resilience on 13 October, to relaunch Resilience to local partner agencies and Councillors. The visit was arranged in support of the Year of Mental Health, allowing us to promote our service and the developments that have already been made with local mental health services supporting our dual diagnosis clients.

The Prime Minister, who is also Windsor and Maidenhead’s local MP, took great interest in all the hard work that takes place at Resilience on a daily basis and showed interested in the development of intervention services for people with mental health issues. The event was well attended and it was great to hear the acknowledgement made – by Councillor Carroll and our commissioners – about how the service has evolved in the short time we have been managing it.