Our Partners

We value long term relationships where we exceed expectations. We have developed great relationships with our delivery partners, commissioners and funders.  They understand our values and how we work and have helped us to develop and continually improve.

Manchester Integrated Offender Management​

Working as part of the Manchester Integrated Offender Management Team since 2013, CLI have proudly evidenced how effective mentoring can sit alongside and complement enforcement led partners. Manchester Integrated Offender Management is delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, National Probation Service, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company and the Manchester City Council Community Safety Partnership. Those individuals we mentor need intensive supervision by Police and Probation and have complex needs.  Together we can provide the support to those people who have reached a point of change in their life whilst making sure our communities remain safe.

Long term, quality, collaborative relationships coupled with a belief in people’s ability to change, when given the opportunity and support to do so, is the key to success of this IOM project.  An independent evaluation by the Manchester Metropolitan University demonstrates how the CLI approach works in action:

“It’s a real indication of the level of respect that the individuals have for the mentor that they come and attend together at review meetings to show positive things they’ve achieved together.”

- Probation Practitioner

Their involvement helps us to engage with individuals and stop them offending, this has a huge impact on the community. The mentoring they provide is a great investment, worth every penny in terms of what it saves down the line.”​

- Strategic Lead
Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company
Manchester City Council
Greater Manchester Police
National Probation Service
Over 1 % of mentoring clients
reported that the service had supported them to build on existing motivation, find new things to do with their time, develop a healthier lifestyle and to move away from offending.”

 – Evaluation of the IOM service by Manchester Metropolitan University

Inspiring Change Manchester

As part of the Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives Project, this is an 8 year project to develop innovative ways of working with people with multiple complex needs.  CLI provide the peer mentoring part of this service. We train volunteers with lived experience and support them to use their experience to effectively help others and gain experience to move into paid employment.  Co-production is key to Inspiring Change Manchester and CLI are fully involved in lived experience informing innovative change to services. This project is led by Shelter and CLI work alongside Back on Track and Self Help Services. 

Bedfordshire Support, Advice, Mentoring & Advocacy (SAMAS)

CLI runs the SAMAS (Support, Advice, Mentoring and Advocacy Service) in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire and this has been expanded and extended due to its effectiveness and potential.  CLI are building a recovery community to sustain long term change for individuals and enable these individuals to influence systems change in the way addiction is understood, treated and recovery support by wider services.  It is everything we value; one to one relationships, group support, community building, co-production and systems change.

"Community Led Initiatives (CLI) are a compassionate, motivating and inspiring organisation who are making a real difference to the lives of people recovering from drug and alcohol dependency across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. CLI enable people to reach their potential and nurture their strengths to make meaningful changes to become valued members of society. I feel privileged to support an organisation that consistently demonstrates such a positive impact upon the people they work with."

- Charlotte, Ball Public Health Principal, Central Bedfordshire Council

"I can honestly say this is the best thing that I have done in my life in a long time, I’ve met some wonderful people along the way and built some amazing friendships for life, I’m nowhere near the end of recovery, I still struggle at times and often feel vulnerable, being able to talk to others about this makes it manageable!"

- Jason, part of the SAMAS community in Bedford

“Where an individual had engaged with CLI for over six months, 69% of cases reflected a reduced frequency of convictions.  In 56% of all mentored cases, individuals had reduced both their frequency and seriousness of convictions.”

 – Evaluation of the IOM service by Manchester Metropolitan University

Moss Side Community Mentoring - Manchester

CLI provide one to one mentoring to people being supervised by the National Probation Service who want to make changes and would benefit from practical and emotional support to achieve this.  This is complex work, as those supervised by the NPS have committed serious violent or sexual offences. Our considerable experience enables us to work closely with Probation Officers to provide support in the community, helping people practically and emotionally reintegrate into society and feel part of their community.

“Thanks again for your ongoing support with him, it’s the most progress he’s made so far with making practical changes. Also I know that to make the smallest bit of progress with him takes time, so he’s achieved a lot in these last few weeks with you.”.

- Feedback from a Probation Officer

“November of last year I was introduced to CLI. I did not know what to expect and I was a little bit apprehensive, but I am so happy that I was introduced to CLI and Nina my mentor. Without Nina I would not have been where I am today, I am so grateful for the help motivation and guidance that Nina has given me”

- Dave, mentored on licence


 We are grateful to our grant supporters, past and current, who enable us to develop and grow as an organisation and ensure that we are able to stay true to our values and quality of delivery.

“It’s a real indication of the level of respect that the individuals have for the mentor that they come and attend together at review meetings to show positive things they’ve achieved together.”

 – Probation Practitioner



Please contact us if you would like to work with us, either as a volunteer or a like minded