Thames Reach
Sunday 19 November 2017
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Groundswell staff at work
Groundswell staff at work

No organisation can do it all on its own and at Thames Reach we believe it is our responsibility to work with others so that our service users have the best chance of turning their lives around.

Our partnerships can extend across many groups, as in the case of the Living Well Collaborative where we work closely with GPs, the London Borough of Lambeth, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, other voluntary agencies, and service users alongside their families and carers. All we ask is that others show the same passion and determination as us to help people who are often ignored and frequently feel powerless.

Blenheim and Thames Reach’s partnership has been developed to help improve the lives of some of London’s most vulnerable and socially excluded people and ensures more integrated working between the housing and substance misuse sectors.

Sometimes our partnerships become so effective and long-standing that it makes sense to formalise them, as we have with Groundswell, which is now a subsidiary of Thames Reach with its own independent board. This leading user-led organisation helps former homeless people take control of their lives and develop skills as powerful peer advocates and advisors.

In the summer of 2014, Fulfilling Lives launched a groundbreaking £9.7m You First service funded by the Big Lottery and supporting the most vulnerable and chaotic adults living in south London.

In April 2015 a new alliance of organisations called Lambeth IPSA came together in Lambeth to transform the lives of people with serious long-term mental health issues.