New Managing Director Appointed to Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services

22 November 2017

The Group Chief Executive for the Social Interest Group (SIG),  Gill Arukpe, today announced the appointment of Kelly Hallett as Managing Director of Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services, both of which SIG is the parent company of.

Kelly has worked at a senior level across a range of custodial and community social care settings having started her career working in prison substance misuse services,  progressing to managing drug services across all East of England prisons. Kelly then worked at Turning Point as Assistant Director of Substance Misuse Services responsible for some 30 services. From there Kelly joined Penrose working first in Business Development before moving to a Director of Operations role responsible for the organisations Mental Health, Offender and generic support services. In 2015 Kelly moved to the Director of Criminal Justice Services role to lead the delivery of services in the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme in partnership with MTC Novo and London CRC.

Kelly has a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and managing multi-geographical services for a broad range of vulnerable people including criminal justice, substance misuse, mental health and offender services. She demonstrates strong leadership and has a very successful track record of continual improvement of operational and quality standards, service outcomes, social enterprise, generating new income and value for money.

Gill Arukpe said “Kelly has been instrumental in the successful delivery of our Penrose Criminal Justice Services and I am delighted that she will continue to oversee this delivery,  as well as taking responsibility for and leading from the front,  our subsidiary charity  Equinox Care.  We feel that by having a dedicated M.D for Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services we will have clear leadership, accountability and ownership to be able to develop and strengthen both charities in their own right within our Group structure.”

Kelly Hallett said “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role. Both Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services are dynamic and exciting charities to lead. Both are ambitious for Service Users and are driving collaborative ways of working and improving outcomes. I am looking forward to developing each charity further, expanding our reach and service provisions  and working with the dedicated and expert staff teams within each organisation. These are very tough but exciting times to work in the voluntary sector and I am looking forward to overcoming the challenges, using our expertise to influence future social care thinking and celebrating our successes within The Social Interest Group.

Make Change Count

Local charities are asking people to help rough sleepers by donating to recognised organisations and not giving on the street.

The charities’ research shows that best way to help someone sleeping rough is through professional help.

The latest stage of the Make Change Count campaign builds on an initial collaboration last year. Charities are continuing to work together to raise awareness about what support is available in the city for people sleeping rough and offering advice on how best to help.

This summer, five local charities are addressing this national issue at a local level. Brighton Housing Trust, St Mungo’s, Pavilions, Equinox, Nightstop and Antifreeze are highlighting the practical support available all year round in the city and how best to help rough sleepers. The campaign is supported Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police.

The participating charities say giving money on the street can be counter-productive and lead to people staying in their current situation when more effective help is available.  Local organisations make sure those in need have hot meals, access to shower facilities, clothing and support from outreach workers to move people away from the street to rebuild their lives.

Speaking on behalf of the organising charities, Nikki Homewood, Director of Services for BHT, said: “The Make Change Count campaign is all about getting the right help at the right time for those who are sleeping on our streets. We’re sharing information on how residents can refer people they are concerned about and providing an alternative giving option to donating on the street.

“The campaign aims to help people make informed decisions when giving money or other items to rough sleepers. We are keen to make clear that we’re not telling anyone how they should spend their money, that’s a matter of personal choice.

“We’d like to share the experiences we’ve gained from many years of working with rough sleepers. We know that moving off the streets is a difficult thing to do, no matter how much people want a better standard of living. People sleeping rough are often very vulnerable and have lost confidence to plan for the future because of the circumstances they’re in. Support is needed to help people rebuild their lives.

“We’re keen to all work together to give people the best chance for the future. People understandably want to help those living on the streets, and giving to someone right in front of you is a natural reaction. But there can be better ways to help and we’re asking people to think about how they can really make their change count.”

How you can help:       

  • Donate today by texting UMCC17 £3 to 70070
  • Contact Streetlink with information about where people are rough sleeping is a way to make sure they are known to support agencies offering professional help. The rough sleeper outreach team, run by St Mungo’s, respond to details given to Streetlink and go out to see all known rough sleepers in the city. The team discuss a person’s needs, working with them to explore options to try to move them off the streets and into accommodation. or 0300 500 0914
  • Please click the button below to visit the Make Change Count page and donate.

Cllr Clare Moonan, lead councillor for rough sleeping, said: “The Make Change Count campaign can transform and, even save, lives. In Brighton & Hove we have a wide range of services and support designed to help those in need but there is always more we can do to help. Working together, everyone in this caring city really make a difference.”

More information about the Make Change Count charities:

Brighton Housing Trust 
St Mungo’s 


Equinox Service Centres to become Psychologically Informed Environments

May 15 2017

Equinox has begun the implementation of a Psychologically Informed Environment framework across all of its Service Centres in the UK.

The purpose of a psychologically informed environment is to enable clients to make positive changes to their lives.  It is one that takes into account the psychological makeup – the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience - of its participants in the way that it operates. 

The PIE framework also considers the psychological needs of our staff; developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience. 

As Equinox continues to grow and diversify we feel it is a good time to consider how we can develop our services so that they become even more effective.  Becoming an organisation wide PIE will help us develop our service models further and subsequently help our Service Users to have happier lives. 

We feel that working and caring about our staff and Service Users together will encourage the opportunity to reflect and develop awareness and skills that are psychologically informed and significantly improve outcomes for Service Users. 

For further details contact Dolores Kelly, Marketing and Communications Manager at

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Posted by on 4 September 2012 | 1 Comments | Tags: ,

In the latest issue of Criminal Justice Matters, Chief Executive of Equinox Bill Puddicombe adds his thoughts to the debate on Payment by Results (PbR).

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Credit where it's due

Posted by on 28 August 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

You may have seen the recent story in the Brighton Argus about Ian, a 56 year old man from Hove who is taking great steps to overcome his alcohol dependence. Ian has been supported by the police, rough sleepers team and Equinox.

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Posted by on 16 August 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Equinox Aspinden Wood is a 24-bed care home for people with complex needs, including alcohol dependence and mental ill health. Service Manager Jenny explains the approach at Aspinden Wood to supporting these people. And service user Tom, aged 70, talks about his experience and achievements.

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Posted by on 10 August 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags:

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Posted by on 27 July 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags:

The Equinox team turned out on the streets of Southwark to cheer the Olympic torch on its way to the Games, just one day before it reached its destination in Stratford, where the torch passed through the hands of Sir Steve Redgrave and David Beckham to young athletes, who lit the Olympic cauldron.

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Posted by on 9 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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Concern misplaced in Guardian article about addiction services

Posted by on 27 June 2012 | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

Equinox’ Bill Puddicombe commented:

"We were disturbed to see the article in Society Guardian this morning about addiction services. The argument seemed to be that service users and communities are always worse off if substance misuse services are run by the voluntary sector, rather than the NHS.

"We know that this is not the case as we, and many other voluntary organisations have been successfully managing services for many years. Much of the innovation in the current range of services comes from the voluntary sector and many service users find our services easier to access. In any case, we now see that a partnership between NHS and voluntary organisations can be the most potent combination of approaches.

"Our concern would that too many services are now commissioned, irrespective of who manages them, without due regard to diversity of need. We are seeing a fad for all-encompassing, one dimensional “solutions” that leave many of those with more complex needs out in the cold.

"On this last point we must take issue with Dr Clare Gerada – someone we almost always agree with. Dr Gerada says that charities “don’t want to take on the difficult cases”. Here at Equinox, our service users are most often those with the most complex and challenging needs, often in far social exclusion. We wouldn’t call them “difficult cases”, but we will always be there for them."

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Posted by on 12 June 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

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Posted by on 6 June 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Marian Karvonen is studying an MA in Social Work at Goldsmiths University. From November 2011 to May 2012, Marian was on placement with Equinox Lewisham. In this article, she reflects on her experience...

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Posted by on 30 May 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags:

As part of Mental Health Awareness week in May 2012, the Mental Health Foundation have been encouraging acts of kindess to friends or strangers.

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