Community Led Initiatives appoint new Non-Executive Director

Community Led Initiatives, the specialist peer-to-peer mentoring organisation supporting people who have experienced addiction, the criminal justice system, mental health issues or homelessness to make positive changes to their lives and communities, is delighted to have appointed Simon Pringle as a Non-Executive Director. Simon has extensive experience and expertise in economic development, shaping policy, strategy, […]

Legal Edge team donate to support CLI

We were delighted to receive a charitable donation from LegalEdge who recently supported CLI with advice on a project contract. Impressed by the work that we undertake, the LegalEdge team elected to donate their advisory fee to help support our work. Gill Austin, Consultant Legal Counsel with LegalEdge who support the contract work commented: “We […]

Volunteers’ Week

A huge thank you to all our CLI volunteers – National Volunteers Week 2022 Volunteers have been the heartbeat of CLI since we first started supporting people in 2013.  Without their passion, commitment, and belief in the potential for change, CLI would have been unable to create the impact we have achieved, and within some […]

Announcement – new Regional Manager, CLI South/SAMAS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Shola Adewuyi, as CLI’s Regional Manager South, with responsibility for our projects in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. Shola joins CLI from Oakhill STC where he was a duty director, working with sentenced and remanded children from the ages of 14 to 18 years old and brings his […]

Support for CLI from Applied Influence Group

We were delighted to hear that CLI had been nominated as one of several organisations to receive a £3,000 donation from Applied Influence Group as part of a share of their profits for the last trading year.   As part of AIG’s drive to support positive community impact, CEO, Emma Dutton, asked the Applied Influence […]

CLI’s, Kyle Mullings – shortlisted for the National Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2020 – Outstanding Individual Award.

We are delighted to announce that CLI’s inspirational support worker, Kyle, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual Award 2020.   The CJA Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, journalists and digital media champions who have contributed to or promoted a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. Through sharing his lived experience, Kyle inspires others and shows that […]

CLI joins Manchester’s Housing First pilot

CLI have been successfully commissioned to join the Manchester Housing First pilot.  We will bring our expertise on working with people who are involved in the criminal justice system to the partnership in Oldham, Tameside and Stockport. What is ‘Housing First’? The Greater Manchester Housing First pilot was commissioned by Mayor Andy Burnham and the […]

BBC Look East ‘Recovery in Isolation’

Earlier this May CLI featured on BBC Look East news. The interview detailed what ‘Recovery in Isolation’ looks like for some. Lockdown has undoubtedly changed a lot for most of us, so how are those engaging with support services like ours coping? In the report you hear from Mark (supported by CLI), Mags, (a Volunteer and Mentor […]

Social Housing Crisis and Addiction

‘Locked Out’, an event held by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism which CLI staff attended in December. This event held at The Higgins focused on ‘How Bedford keeps people homeless’. GROW Trainee, Ricki Barton spoke out on social housing and why his experiences of homelessness exasperated his addiction at times. Maeve McClenaghan kicked off the event by […]

Social Stigma, Recovery and Addiction

Last week proved to be an exciting one for all of us at CLI. Not only did we have our very first ‘Recovery Fest’,  we also had the pleasure of welcoming BBC Look East in for a sneak peak at what we do. The BBC were keen to report on our new event, but more […]