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The Forward Trust is a charity that empowers people to break the cycle of addiction or crime to move forward with their lives. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make changes to create better lives with jobs, family, friends and a sense of community.


Around 2 million people (1 in 30 adults) in the UK are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Amongst marginalised groups, such as homeless people, the proportion can be as high as 1 in 3 and amongst prisoners, it is higher than 1 in 2 – more than 50% of all prisoners have a history of drug or alcohol problems.

What we do:

Forward works directly with people who have problems with addiction and offending.  Our services span five main areas of work: drug and alcohol recovery; improving health and wellbeing; employment; housing; and increasing connections with friends and family. We work both in prisons and the community.


Our success:

Our interventions work. Independent research shows that The Forward Trust’s intensive rehabilitation treatment programme for substance misuse leads to a 20% reduction in the numbers of released prisoners who re-offend, and a 65% reduction in overall number of offences committed.


For every drug user we engage in our treatment programmes, an estimated £5,380 is saved in healthcare costs (Source: The Forward Trust Social Impact Report 2018).


To learn more about our work and impact, take a look at our Social Impact Report, here.


How you can help

We rely on the support of people who are passionate about helping others to turn their lives around. Visit to find out how you can get involved.

The new more than my past campaign tackles barriers and stigmas exist that prevent people with difficult pasts from reaching their full potential.


The More Than My Past campaign aims to challenge this, change attitudes and inspire those who are still trapped in cycles of addiction or crime.

It is an ambitious online campaign that aims to raise awareness of the potential for ex-offenders and people in recovery to turn their lives around. The aim is to change attitudes across the board – from policy makers to businesses and the general public.

I hope this is of interest and that you will consider supporting the campaign on social media and maybe posting your own message of support using the hashtag #MoreThanMyPast.

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