Thank you Bill – statement from Equinox Board of Trustees

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Bill Puddicombe steps down as Chief Executive of Equinox Care today after a very successful 3 year period in office. This comes after the Equinox Board of Trustees agreed that Equinox should join the Social Interest Group on 1st October 2014.

The Social Interest Group is a new organisation, which supports smaller voluntary organisations in working successfully for their service users in the current economic environment. Equinox Care, Penrose Options and Penrose Works Ltd are the founder members of the group.

During Bill’s 3 year tenure as Chief Executive of Equinox Care, he provided tenacious strategic leadership to Equinox’s diverse portfolio of services across London and the South East. These services include: registered care homes for people with chronic mental ill health and alcohol dependence; a residential drug and alcohol detox service; a residential alcohol rehab; street outreach services; mutual aid networks; supported housing services; counselling services; and floating support.

Bill also led the development of new and innovative Equinox services and special projects, which strengthened Equinox’s unique provision for people with multiple and complex needs. These services and projects include, but are not limited to:

• the Equinox Brighton Hostel Link Team, funded by the Homelessness Transition Fund, which is reducing rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove by supporting people in hostels at risk of eviction/ tenancy abandonment

Equinox Three Rivers & Watford mutual aid networks, funded by Hertfordshire Drug and Alcohol Innovation Fund, offering confidential alcohol and cannabis mutual aid. This 1 year project was followed by further funding from Watford Borough Council for the Watford cannabis group, to develop their network further

• the Equinox Brighton Multiple and Complex Needs Team, funded by the Big Lottery, providing assertive and personalised interventions to women with complex needs and people with a dual diagnosis

Equinox Wandsworth Counselling Service, working in partnership with the Wandsworth Fresh Start Clinics and the local Probation Office, to offer short or long terms interventions to help people understand and change drinking habits that may impact on health, employment and offending.

Equinox extreme weather advice, funded by Defra. This service user led project resulted in the development of a suite of advice leaflets for extreme hot weather and extreme cold weather, targeting people who experience mental ill health, alcohol dependence and drug dependence.

Equinox Care provides services to over 1300 service users per year with multiple and complex needs, including mental ill health, alcohol dependence, drug dependence, forensic history and homelessness.

Bill was instrumental in developing the relationship with Penrose Options, which led to Equinox Care joining the Social Interest Group this month. Bill has also overseen the transition period of Equinox Care successfully joining the Social Interest Group, a decision which will strengthen Equinox through membership of the larger group. Crucially, membership of the Social Interest Group will allow Equinox to preserve all that is unique and valuable about our services and expand the opportunities for providing support, care and accommodation to people with multiple and complex needs.

The Equinox Board would like to thank Bill for his strong leadership over the past 3 years and wish him very well in his new ventures.

For more on this story, see this article on the Equinox website and see this piece in Civil Society.

For further information about the Social Interest Group, please contact Group Chief Executive, Gill Arukpe, on 020 3668 9270.


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