Change, grow, live - formerly CRI

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Change, grow, live (CGL) maintains excellent standards while reducing costs and devising new, innovative service delivery models.

Read our latest impact report

How we work

Change, grow, live is one of the largest social care and health charities in England and Wales. We employ more than 2,600 people who are passionate about social justice and the delivery of the highest quality services. 

We have extensive experience of working in the sector, which we use to provide effective and innovative services that lead the field and achieve above average outcomes.

Our staff combine persistence and tenacity with sensitivity and compassion to encourage the people we work with to break out of destructive cycles of behaviour and achieve independence, self-determination and purpose.

Our services are focused on supporting individuals to make positive changes to their lives which have a beneficial impact on them and the communities in which they live.

We seek to achieve this through providing stability and structure that supports individuals to move away from negative patterns of behaviour to pursue their recovery goals. We are particularly effective in our work with individuals who have complex needs.

Together with our subsidiary Sova, we provide more than 150 services across England and Wales.


Change, grow, live aims to be a leader in the field of social care and is committed to devising and implementing innovative new approaches to service delivery based on sound research and evidence.

This can be in the form of:

  • Embracing new technologies to enhance face-to-face services and support hard-to-reach groups.
  • Partnering with the best national networks and programmes to offer a wide range of effective online and offline recovery support options to our service users.
  • Adapting our service delivery to accommodate new trends in addiction like new psychoactive substances, anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers.
  • Providing a range of activities and social groups to support the complete health and wellbeing of our service users.
  • Offering access to holistic and complementary therapies.
  • Facilitating service-user led activities.
  • Devising effective, personalised support to help prevent relapse for service users in recovery.

Our vision and values

Our goal is to help people change the direction of their lives, grow as a person and live life to its full potential.

We fundamentally believe that everyone has the potential to change and that everyone deserves, not only a second chance, but as many chances as it takes to find the key to their own success. 

We are driven by a belief in social justice and are passionate about creating opportunities for all our service users to make positive improvements to their lives. We respect our service users and support their right to self-determination and independence. 

As a charity, our aim is to make our expertise available to as many individuals and communities as possible that need our support and have the potential to benefit from our life-changing work. 

A learning organisation

Change, grow, live  is a learning organisation. We respond to new information and evidence about what works and are willing to change and adapt our service delivery to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. We are also committed to supporting the continued learning and professional development of our staff to ensure that we are at the forefront of developments in our field.

Read about our Quality Improvement Tool (QIT).

Criminal Justice Services

Our criminal justice services support individuals to tackle the causes of offending and encourage them to choose more positive and crime-free lives. We work in partnership with specialist organisations to ensure our services effectively meet individual needs and help them to build sustainable lives within their local communities.

Social Care and Health Services

Our social care and health services enable people to choose healthier, safer lives, free from addictions and focused on positive goals and aspirations. We support individual recovery within local communities through effective treatment, a holistic approach, and inspiration and support from peer mentors and volunteers.

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