Changing Lives is a registered charity that provides specialist support services to thousands of vulnerable people and their families throughout England.

Founded in 1970 as The Tyneside Cyrenians, we became Changing Lives in 2013 to mark our expansion in service provision and geography.

Today we are a national organisation, based in the North East, tackling social exclusion in all its forms. We work with 6,000 people daily to help them make positive, lasting changes in their lives.


Who we help

Changing Lives works with people living on life’s edge, supporting them through unimaginable financial, personal and circumstantial difficulties.

Their lives have gone down paths no-one would have chosen and they show great courage and dignity to seek the help they need. They include:

  • men, women and children fleeing domestic abuse
  • people with life-threatening addictions
  • those who live on the streets
  • women and men trapped in sex work or ‘survival sex’

Their situations are so far removed from mainstream society that people often struggle to comprehend the severity of their situations. As a result, they can become invisible.

We know that those who are hardest to see are most in need. We engage with these people through assertive outreach; building relationships and trust, helping them to take positive steps toward healthy and fulfilling lives.

Our services are delivered in many different ways; through our own projects, by working in partnership with others, and through specialist outreach teams in our communities.

We also provide: specialist women’s and family services; a 12-step addictions recovery programme; employment opportunities for vulnerable people; and run several successful social enterprises including charity shops and a food redistribution service.


For more information, please get in touch with our Media Team.