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Change Grow Live highly commended for helping to avert a public health crisis

Change Grow Live highly commended for helping to avert a public health crisis

21 September 2018

Health and social care charity Change Grow Live has been recognised at one of the charity sector’s most prestigious awards, The Third Sector Awards, for the speed and effectiveness with which it took on staff and services from stricken provider Lifeline last year.

The Third Sector Awards recognise the achievements of charities, social enterprises and the companies that support them. Change Grow Live was highly commended for the ‘Big Impact Award’ category, which recognises projects that have “had a substantial impact on national or international life”. Although the charity missed out on the top spot at last night’s awards ceremony, its shortlisting represents significant recognition for its role in ending the uncertainty facing Lifeline’s service users and staff when it wound up last year.

In May 2017, Change Grow Live was called upon to transfer in staff and services from Lifeline. With just a few weeks’ notice, the charity moved quickly to safeguard clinical services, protect hundreds of jobs, ensure uninterrupted care to thousands of service users and reduce the risk of an immediate public health crisis.

Commenting on the shortlisting, Mark Moody, Chief Executive of Change Grow Live, said: “Protecting the future of the Lifeline services on which so many people depended was a tremendous logistical challenge and amounted to the biggest single transfer in the drug and alcohol sector.

“We moved quickly to achieve a smooth transfer. Services kept going, staff were paid on time, and service users continued to access treatment. We are therefore delighted that we were highly commended for such a prestigious award, which is testament to and fully deserved recognition for the many dedicated Change Grow Live staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen.”