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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

A conference for collaboration

Posted by on 10 July 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

How can services make the best use of precious resources for better mental health? On 3rd July in Catford, the word of the day was collaboration.

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Double result for Equinox Brighton

Posted by on 17 April 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

A big thank you to two of Equinox's funders, who are supporting Equinox Brighton to tackle alcohol dependence, street drinking and homelessness.
Firstly, the Equinox Brighton Alcohol Outreach Service has been awarded additional funding from Brighton Council to go towards another full time post for the team in financial year 2013-14.  The service works with street drinkers in Brighton and Hove, identifying them through daily outreach work then working with people to reduce alcohol consumption and street drinking presence, access treatment, maintain tenancies and promote recovery in all areas of their life.
Equinox Brighton Services Manager Jesse Wilde said: “The new post will be for another much-needed outreach worker, with an emphasis on organising periodic counts of street drinkers, tracking work done and monitoring outcomes. This will allow Equinox Brighton to map and research not just street drinkers but the wider street community. This is a very exciting development for the work we are doing in Brighton and Hove to tackle alcohol dependence and homelessness.”
Secondly, work has begun on the refurbishments at Equinox Brighton Stanley Rd supported accommodation following a £10,000 grant from CRASH, the construction industry charity. The Equinox Brighton house provides a safe and peaceful space for 5 men with a history of homelessness and alcohol dependence. With support from the on-site Equinox housing worker, residents work towards sustainable recovery and independent living. Watch this space for more about the refurbishments.

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Free and confidential Equinox network for Watford cannabis users

Posted by on 27 March 2013 | 1 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Free and confidential meetings are starting up in Watford for people aged 18 and over who would like to talk about their cannabis use. Group meetings take place every Tuesday evening (6pm to 8pm) at Watford Fire Station (starting on Tuesday 2nd April). For full details download the Equinox Recovery Network cannabis flier.

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Equinox Three Rivers Recovery Network - first meeting announced

Posted by on 22 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Research has shown that there are high numbers of people in the Three Rivers area who are drinking alcohol above safe levels but who are currently accessing no help. These people are typically in high levels of employment and if they continue to drink to unsafe levels, there may be implications for their health, family life and career.

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Equinox Brighton tackle rising levels of rough sleeping

Posted by on 6 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Equinox Brighton is made up of the Alcohol Outreach Service which works with the street drinking population, as well as our Supported Housing Service, which provides accommodation and support to men with a history of homelessness and alcohol use. In the last quarter, Equinox Brighton have recorded some very positive results in tackling the issue of rising levels of rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove.

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Alcohol recovery at Equinox Sutton

Posted by on 6 February 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Equinox Sutton at Greenford Road offers counselling and a day programme for people with alcohol dependence, as well as their families and supporters. In this article, Helen Marshall and Paula Hoppin explain Equinox’s work in Sutton and Merton, where they are part of a team of 4 who are helping people toward recovery from alcohol dependence.

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Equinox Three Rivers - a new confidential network for those who get no alcohol help

Posted by on 16 January 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Equinox Chief Executive, Bill Puddicombe, talks about the people at the centre of an innovative Equinox project in Three Rivers, Hertfordshire - the men and women on their way to work, currently not accessing any support for their high alcohol intake.

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Equinox Three Rivers calls for best local intelligence on alcohol

Posted by on 9 January 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

January is a time when many people rethink their lifestyles and make healthier choices for their lives. Initiatives such as Dry January and Dryathlon encourage people to consider their alcohol consumption for a month and make positive changes.

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How do you reach the hardest-to-reach people?

Posted by on 19 December 2012 | 1 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The Equinox Wandsworth service is one answer. Muneer Butt and Paul Thomas are the Equinox Floating Support Outreach Workers in Wandsworth with a mission to find and support some of borough’s most vulnerable people. They were voted best performing team of the year in Wandsworth’s Housing Department in 2012, working in conjunction with voluntary staff from various departments in Housing.

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