Last Update: January 2006

This section of the website provides a collection of links to external websites of relevance to professionals interested in drugs and housing. This includes relevant national bodies, some drug services, some housing providers and a collection of other contact points.

If you wish to suggest a link or wish to see a link removed please get in touch.

Inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement of the service provider in question, and no responsibility is taken for external links.

Government and other Statutory Bodies - General
The Department of Health - Quality Protects Website

The Quality Protects programme is a key part of the Government's wider strategy for tackling social exclusion. It focuses on working with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in our society. Those children looked after by councils in the child protection system; and other children in need.

Social Exclusion Unit

The SEU aims to help improve Government action to reduce social exclusion by producing ‘joined up' solutions to joined up problems.

Homelesness (ODPM website)

Section of the ODPM website relating to homelessness.
Supporting People
The Supporting People programme offers vulnerable people the opportunity to improve their quality of life by providing a stable environment which enables greater independence.

Drug-Related sites: Statutory

Drug Misuse Information

This website is operated by the Department of Health. It is intended primarily as a resource for a wide range of professionals and managers to help in the delivery of drug prevention and treatment services. Some of the information will also be of interest to parents, young people and students.
Home Office - Drugs

Drug misuse can cause many problems in our communities, from poor attainment in education to an increase in crime, and we, along with the rest of the government, are working hard to help individuals and communities overcome it.

Drug Misuse in Scotland

This site aims to inform those involved in tackling Scotland's drug problem. It offers a wide range of information about Drug Misuse in Scotland, as well as information about policy, good practice and current research.

National Treatment Agency

Reducing harm - improving health

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) was created by the Government on 1 April 2001 with a remit to increase the capacity, quality and effectiveness of drug treatment in England.

Health Education Board for Scotland

The Health Education Board for Scotland is the largest and most comprehensive health information site in Scotland.
Drug Initiatives: National: NGOs


Formerly Exchange Supplies, this Harm reduction site was established by the admirable Jon Derticott and Andrew Preston. They say "Our plan is to continue adding information and for the site to remain a major source of free, high-quality harm reduction information."

Talk to Frank


Formerly the The National Drugs Helpline, FRANK is the new Government funded drugs awareness website. It provides information for drug users, their friends and families. It has various information resources online and with a web based question facility.


This site is about the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of substance misuse, the problems it creates and the ways to deal with these problems.

The Daily Dose

The Daily Dose provides a summary of news developments in the UK and abroad, with a focus on substance misuse.


Re-Solv is a national United Kingdom charity dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse.

Scottish Drugs Forum

The Scottish Drugs Forum is national non-government drugs policy and information agency, aiming to support and represent, at both local and national levels, a wide range of interests, promoting collaborative, evidence-based responses to drug use.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction was set up to provide the Community and its Member States with 'objective, reliable and comparable information at European level concerning drugs and drug addiction and their consequences'.

Drink and Drug News (DDN) is the web portal for substance misuse specialists and those in the wider health, social care and criminal justice fields who deal with drug and alcohol issues in the course of their work.

It is also the website for the fortnightly magazine Drink and Drugs News.


DrugScope, a national drugs charity, aim to improve policy and promote debate on the topic of drugs.

Drugs Prevention Net

Aims to provide a wide range of drug-related information including up-to-date information on the current drug situation in Northern Ireland. The intention is to support those individuals, organisations and agencies who work in drug prevention, treatment and education throughout Northern Ireland.

Alcohol - Drugs

Training group set up by Tim Morrison formerly of Drugscope. A wide range of courses and additional resources for those seeking professional development.
Long established drugs charity running a helpline, and offering quality advice on legal issues.

European Association for the Treatment of Addiction

The European Association for the Treatment of Addiction (UK) is an independent charity, which aims to help ensure that people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol get timely access to the treatment they need.


The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for practitioners working with people with substance use problems.


National Association of Alchohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors (UK)
Addiction Today
Evidence-based information on recovery from addiction for interested professionals
Drugs resources sites and Drug Education Websites (mainstream+UK)

The Site is owned and run by YouthNet UK, a registered charity founded in 1995. aims to be the first place all young adults turn to when they need support and guidance through life.

We provide factsheets and articles on all the key issues facing young people including: sex and relationships; drinking and drugs; work and study; housing, legal and finances; and health and wellbeing.


HIT has been providing training, consultation and information on drug-related issues since 1985. HIT seeks to develop, advocate and implement pragmatic and effective approaches to drug use.
Drug Education Forum

The Drug Education Forum has launched a new website for Forum members, policy makers, local coordinators and practitioners interested or involved in drug education. It provides details of the work of the Forum and its information service, including downloadable copies of the Forum's newsletter Drug Education Matters and accompanying fact sheets and briefings, links to other useful organisations in the drugs field, a news database and a bulletin board.


TACADE aims are to provide support for professionals, professional groups, parents and carers working with young people by providing a range of publications, training and consultancy products and services, which enable children and young people to achieve positive changes in their knowledge, attitudes, abilities, choices and behaviour


D-2K is a drug education website which provides concise information for young people.

Mind, Body and Soul

The Department of Health's drug education website , which is part of a wider Wired for Health education website.

Know The Score

Scotland's definitive drugs information gateway - providing information for young people, parents, relatives, friends and communities.


A resource, education and information site run by Richard Ives. He says of EducaRI:
" educari is an independent consultancy widely concerned with young people, drugs, education and health. Our work includes: research, evaluation and policy analysis; consultancy and training; publications; website design and development; and international work."
Service Providers


Lifeline is an organisation which helps young people who use drugs and the families of people who use drugs.

Turning Point

Turning Point exists to enable people with serious problems related to alcohol, drugs, mental health and learning difficulties to live a more independent life as part of their communities.


Addaction is a major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom. We aim to ensure that all drug and alcohol users can access appropriate treatment, regardless of what stage their substance use has reached.

Cranstoun Project

Cranstoun Drug Services is a not-for-profit, independent, non-governmental organisation whose well-trained and experienced staff provide a range of high quality, efficient and effective specialist services. We continually develop new, creative and pragmatic responses in order to tackle the impact and harm caused by drugs to individuals and communities..


Clouds is a registered charity (no. 296637) and registered company founded in 1982. Clouds provides the following services for those suffering the effects of alcohol and/or drug dependency

Mainliners is a limited company and a registered national HIV charity working with ex and current injecting drug users, commercial sex workers and others directly affected by these and other issues such as hepatitis.
Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners trust
Alcohol Concern

National Agency on alcohol misuse
Medical Council on Alcoholism (MCA)
Provides an education and advisory role within medical professions
Portman Group
Aims to promote sensible drinking and help prevent misuse of alcohol
Housing, Homeless and Other

Homeless UK

A new website for advisors and the public and the leading source of information about services that help homeless people.

You can find information on over 8,000 services across the UK, including hostels, advice and support services.

Homeless London
The new website about homelessness in London. This site replaces both Hostels Online and the old Homeless London website.

Here you can find full details of both residential and non-residential services for homeless people in London plus a range of new features and other information.

Street Rescue
London Street Rescue is part of Thamesreach Bondway. They helps rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.

If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can call us on 0870 383 3333.

Homeless Edinburgh

A new website about services for homeless people. This website replaces the Edinburgh Hostels Online site.

This is a new website for advisors and the public about services that help homeless people in Edinburgh. It is managed by the City of Edinburgh Council.


Housingnet provides online contact details for social housing providers, along with many other housing related contacts.

Space East (formerly VHG)

Space is a regional membership body for organisations providing support services and accommodation working in East Anglia.

Space works to Influence policy at a local and national level, provide up to date information, training, advice and advocacy, disseminate good practice, facilitate networking/ partnerships, assist to identify and access sources of funding, co-ordinate programmes of research and development, and promote equality

HLG (Hostels Liaison Group) Nottingham

HLG is a registered charity providing training, information and support services to organisations working with homeless people and others in need of supported housing throughout Nottinghamshire. HLG also provides a range of direct services to homeless people through its Mental Health Support, Resettlement and Accommodation Access Teams.

Leeds Accommodation Forum

Leeds Accommodation Forum is a social enterprise. We are THE membership organisation for frontline homelessness agencies in Yorkshire. Our mission is to work with our member organisations and our partner agencies to facilitate an end to homelessness in Yorkshire by 2020.

LAF offers high quality professional training and communications services to voluntary sector Supported Housing staff and organisations across Yorkshire.


Centrepoint aims to ensure that no young person is at risk because they do not have a place to stay.


CRASH brings professionals and companies from the UK construction and property industry to help homelessness charities to improve their premises.

The Chartered Institute of Housing

The CIH is a professional association dedicated to helping to raise the standards of housing management


Crisis is a national charity dedicated to the relief of poverty and distress among single homeless people. Their mission is to end street homelessness through practical action to help homeless people move towards a secure, sustainable home.

Homeless Pages

Homeless Pages is a comprehensive guide to information about single homelessness in London. It provides an introduction to homelessness, plus a database of resources, including research reports, directories, training courses and websites.

National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the body that represents the independent social housing sector.
Off the streets and in to Work

Off the Streets and into Work (OSW) is a registered charity with unrivalled expertise in providing training and employment services to people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, across London. We collaborate with a range of strategic and service delivery partners to offer joined-up solutions to some of the complex problems that face people at the margins of society.


Shelter is a national organisation working to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.

Thamesreach Bondway

We work with people who sleep rough in London. Our aim is to end street homelessness through collaborative work with other agencies.
Thames Reach merged with Bondway in October 2001, to create Thames Reach Bondway (TRB). We are now one of the largest organisations dedicated to working with street homelessness people.

St Mungos

We are best known for our outreach work and hostels
for rough sleepers. But hostels are just 11 of our 60 housing projects, and we do much more than simply provide shelter!

Novas Group

The Novas-Ouvertures Group is a coalition of housing, social economy and care organisations working in partnership throughout the United Kingdom and Eire to end social exclusion.

Homeless Link

Homeless Link is the membership body for organisations and individuals working with homeless people around the country. It has over 1000 members who work with over 30 000 homeless people every day. Homeless Link began operation on 1 November 2001, it was formed out of two charities Homeless Network and National Homeless Alliance. Both organisations had been providing a second tier function to the sector for many years.

Single Homeless Project

Single Homeless Project (SHP) is a charity working in London with men and women who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

They work proactively with people who use drugs and were one of the first UK agencies to embrace an inclusive approach to housing drug users.

Foundation Housing


Provider of housing provision in North and West Yorkshire - they have a good track record of working effectively and inclusively with people who use and those who do not.

Simon Community

Simon is a partnership of homeless people and volunteers living and working together in a spirit of acceptance, tolerance and understanding.

We exist as a community to reach out to, support and campaign for people who are homeless or rootless, and particularly those for whom no other provision exists.

Wallich Clifford Community

We are a homelessness charity and have been working with homeless and vulnerable people for over 25 years. We work to find lasting solutions to homelessness and prevent its occurrence by working with those who are in danger of becoming homeless.


Edinburgh Cyrenians
Aberdeen Cyrenians
Dundee Cyrenians
London Cyrenians

Cambridge Cyrenians
Tyneside Cyrenians

Charitable organisations with projects across the UK working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and excluded groups and individuals.
Providence Row
Situated near the City of London we strive to improve the lives of some of the most impoverished people in our society. Despite its proximity to the City, Tower Hamlets is one of the poorest areas in the UK.

Many of the people we help are homeless, some suffer from depression and loneliness, some are vulnerable women, many have been in care, and some have served in the armed forces. There is no ‘one size fits all' solution.

St. Basils
St Basils is one of the largest agencies in the United Kingdom working with young people who may be at risk of homelessness or actually homeless.

Our head office is based in Birmingham and we also provide accommodation and services in Redditch and Solihull Boroughs. We are also working with other local authorities in the West Midlands region.

Focus Futures
Part of the Prime Focus group, Focus Futures provides supported housing provision in the West Midlands.
Surrey Community Development Trust
Surrey Community Development Trust (SCDT) provides support and accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people.
Mental Health
The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity which aims to improve the lives of everyone with mental health problems or learning difficulties. It undertakes research, service development and information to increase understanding and meet people's needs. It also contains a very comprehensive links page for mental health organisations.

The UK Federation of Smaller Mental Health Agencies

The Federation is a new membership based Charity set up to support its locally based and independent Members in developing and providing mental health services in their community. It contains links to some of its member sites.


Mind works for a better life for everyone experiencing mental distress, campaigns for the right to lead an active and valued life in the community and is an influential voice on mental health issues.

Manic Depression Fellowship

The Manic Depression Fellowship works to enable people affected by manic depression to take control of their lives.


Sane is one of the UK's leading charities concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness
Blood-borne Viruses
The National AIDS Trust

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) aims to promote a wider understanding of HIV and AIDS; develop and support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV; and improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV and AIDS.

National Hepatitis C Resource Centre

This site is dedicated to providing information to people living with hepatitis C, healthcare professionals, the general puplic and the media.

Also to provide a peer perspective on personal experiences of HCV positive individuals regarding day-to-day living, treatment, alternative therapies, and support

The Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust delivers health promotion campaigns and direct support to people who are at risk or living with HIV across the UK , especially people from the African community and gay men and the people close to them.

NAM aidsmap

NAM is a community-based information provider based in the UK whose sole aim is to combat the AIDS epidemic through accurate, accessible and up-to-date information.

The British Liver Trust

UK charity for adults with liver disease. Promotes research, support and publishes an online newsletter.
Young People

The Children's Society

The Children's Society aims to tackle the route causes of problems which young people face when the communities they live in and people who surround them let them down.



Providing unbiased information to enable young people to make informed choices.

Childrens Legal Centre

The Children's Legal Centre is an independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people

Who Cares? Trust

The Who Cares Trust promote the interests of children and young people in public care and we work with all those interested in their well-being in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and around the world.
Commercial Service Providers

Frontier medical products

Frontier provide lots of services, but the one to highlight here is there provision for needle exchanges especially their very fine sharps bins. These are being constantly refined and designed and they are very very good. They consult with both professionals and users and this is reflected in their products.

The Centre for Housing Policy - York University

The Centre is committed to a research focus which explores the relationship between a wide range of housing issues and other aspects of social policy.
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