The Forward Trust

Reconnecting families. Taking action on addiction

Supporting families that have been torn apart by substance misuse and imprisonment. Helping to rebuild, restore and retain healthy relationships and break the destructive intergenerational cycle of crime and addiction.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1001701)

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Championed by Monday Charitable Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Despite the pivotal role that healthy family relationships play in the rehabilitation of offenders, over 40% of those who suffer from addiction lose contact with their families when they go to prison. This can have a devastating impact on their mental health. Over half (57%) of prisoners we support suggest that their mental health has deteriorated since the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of being locked up 24/7 without access to meaningful activities or family visits.


Working with male and female offenders with substance misuse issues, across four prisons in Surrey, we will help them understand the impact that addiction is having on the lives of their loved ones. We will educate their family members about addiction. We will address critical areas of concern between family members, such as communication, and we will help them rebuild fragile and broken relationships so that offenders have support mechanisms in place to move forward and prosper in their lives.

  • There's so much shame and stigma that people who have loved ones with addiction can feel. I can't believe how much the Forward family service has helped and taught me. It's given me the tools I need to stay strong, as well as to support my husband in his recovery."

    — Jackie*

  • “I am now the Dad I should be. I am the Grandfather I should be and that’s a wonderful thing. Living is now worth something”

    — Tom*

  • “I truly feel I empower people to change their lives. When family clients first engage they often have no hope. Our service helps them to gain insight and understanding into their loved one’s addiction”

    — Sharon. Family Support Worker