Our history

Change and be happy

In 1968, Lord Leigh formed a group with like-minded individuals to help people in Coventry and Warwickshire overcome alcohol and drugs. The group achieved charity status a year later, under the name Alcohol and Drugs Community Service Coventry and Warwickshire.

In the early seventies, we moved into our first premises on Priory Row in Coventry and appointed our first Chief Executive, who’d successfully recovered from substance misuse himself.

Over the next twenty years, we established ourselves as a trustworthy and effective provider of substance misuse services in Coventry and Warwickshire, and created partnerships with local services.

The 1990s, saw us take our services to more people who needed them. Our talented team grew from 23 to 180 and we took on bigger contracts than ever before. In 1994, we became known as Swanswell when we moved from Priory Row to the new Swanswell Pool in Coventry.

Since then, we’ve grown from a Midlands-based service provider to a national organisation, winning new contracts all over the country. Today, Swanswell helps more than 6,000 people on their journey towards recovery.

In December 2016, Swanswell merged with Cranstoun, another national charity providing support to people affected by addiction and other life challenges.

The charities' shared vision to save, change and rebuild lives makes this an exciting partnership for the future.

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