Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health CIC are taking over the contract for drug and alcohol services in York from 1st June.

Changing Lives and Spectrum secured the contract following a competitive tender process.

There will be no initial changes to service delivery, and contact details and referral processes remain the same.

Stephen Bell OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Changing Lives, said:

“We’re delighted to have secured the contract for drug and alcohol services in York.

Our partnership comprises an established network of professionals and practitioners who are specialists in clinical and psycho-social interventions for people who wish to address their relationship with drugs or alcohol.

The number one priority for City of York Council, Changing Lives and Spectrum, is to ensure that the people who use this service do not experience any disruption to care or treatment.

People using the service will receive a letter from City of York Council to explain the change in provider in more detail. There will be no immediate change of service model or delivery, and contact details remain the same.

Changing Lives are an established provider and have been delivering recovery services in York for the past five years. This new contract builds on our existing work and further develops our relationship with Spectrum Community Health.”

Spectrum and Changing Lives are already working in partnership on substance misuse services in North Yorkshire.

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum Community Health CIC, said:

“We are delighted to be working with an established partner, Changing Lives, with whom we have shared values, which have service users and staff at the centre. It’s an exciting prospect to be working with the Council’s vision for drugs and alcohol recovery, which will benefit service users.”

Changing Lives are a well-respected national charity specialising in services for vulnerable and socially excluded people. We have considerable expertise in the field of recovery and addiction, as well as accommodation, employability and women’s services. We have recovery services across the North of England and a growing portfolio of projects in York, including drug and alcohol services and supported housing.

Spectrum Community Health is a performing not-for-profit social enterprise, which span out from the NHS in April 2011. Spectrum delivers high quality, award-winning services in substance misuse, sexual health and health and justice, across the North of England.


For more information, please download our Stakeholder Briefing for York