Partnership update

22 April 2015

Purple Futures has been in negotiations with a wide range of third sector organisations and believe their role is crucial to reduce re-offending and supporting behavioural change.

We had hoped to agree commercial terms with all major partners. Unfortunately, we have been unable to agree mutually satisfactory terms with Addaction to provide case management and interventions for offenders with substance misuse problems. However, we have reached agreement in principle with our other key partners Shelter, P3 and 3SC, and additional voluntary sector providers Catch 22 and St Giles Trust, who will receive substantial contracts for a range of services.

As a result of this, Addaction has given notice of their withdrawal from the Purple Futures partnership. If all parties agree it is in the best interests of the Purple Futures service, this six months’ notice period may be shortened, and we are currently considering this. Meetings will take place with Addaction and with the Ministry of Justice over the coming weeks, to consider the position.

Addaction’s decision will not impact the provision of drug and alcohol addiction services which will continue to be delivered using existing providers.

Since 1st February we have already committed to 42 voluntary, community and social enterprises in contract extensions and grants delivering across our five CRCs. We will continue to invest in local organisations and our grants process, which is aimed at small charities, will commence later in the spring.