Enabling Life Change Through Education

Foundation for Change is an independent charity run by staff and volunteers with direct experience of overcoming addiction, homelessness, mental health issues, and other forms of social exclusion. Over two thirds of our Board members are women, and we are proud to be a BME and LGBTQ-led charity.

We believe in the power of education to enable adults facing multiple disadvantage to overcome the cycle of addiction and develop their own agency.

The current system of support isn’t working. An estimated 75% of those detoxed from heroin or alcohol relapse within six months. Most treatment lasts for a period of just 30 – 90 days. Individuals end up stuck in a revolving door of treatment, dependency and become increasingly isolated, excluded and marginalised from society.

We provide work with people in the latter stages of recovery. Too often, it’s here that people are left to face the challenges of long-term social exclusion, relationship breakdown, isolation and mental ill health that led them to substance misuse in the first place.

Foundation for Change supports people to exit the cycle of treatment and dependency, allowing them to pursue a meaningful, enriching life and contribute to a more just and equal society.

We believe in the transformative power of education to develop critical consciousness.

Our approach equips people with the knowledge and skills to better understand themselves and the world around them through the lens of psychology, philosophy, history and politics, on which they can build a foundation for change.