It was our founders responding to local needs that established Cranstoun House in the 1960s, a residential community for people in recovery.
The growing ambition to save and change lives led to the development of further residential treatment and support. As alcohol and drug problems grew, so did Cranstoun, with new and innovative residential, community and prison-based services supporting those dependent on alcohol and drugs as well as their friends, families and carers.
The last few decades have brought in further innovation, with Cranstoun developing community services for families, young people, offenders and ethnic minority communities, all offered alongside existing and established support. We also led and developed networks for professionals and politicians across Europe, in order to improve services and the lives of service users.
We merged with Swanswell in December 2016, another national charity providing support to people affected by addiction and other life challenges. The charities’ shared vision to save, change and rebuild lives makes this an exciting partnership.
Today, we continue to innovate and respond to ever-changing demands, with multi-agency integrated services alongside local, specialist services. We remain ambitious for our service users and communities, and our staff continue to demonstrate the compassion shown by our founders in their care for service users.