Useful contacts

One of the biggest barriers to building partnerships is knowing where to start, and who to speak to. That’s why we’ve pulled together this helpful list of contacts to act as your springboard into future conversations and partnerships.

Here you can find details of the key people, influencers and organisations in the health, housing, and third sectors, at a national level:

Health and care influencers


Addaction support adults, children, young adults and older people to make positive behavioural changes. For more information visit

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) 

ADASS promote high standards of social care services and influence policy. For more information visit

Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) 

ADPH represent Directors of Public Health with the aim of maximising their effectiveness and impact. For more information visit

Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH)

AYPH works on a range of initiatives to increase young people’s participation in health. For more information visit


Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services young people. For more information visit

Care & Repair England

Care & Repair England promote and support the development of practical housing solutions. For more information visit

Carers Trust

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring. For more information visit

Carers UK

The UK’s national membership charity for carers. For more information visit

Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health seeks a fairer chance in life for people facing or living with mental ill health. For more information visit

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) 

CIEH are the professional voice for environmental health. For more information visit

CILC Sargent

The UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. For more information visit

Department of Health (DH)

The Government department responsible for health. For more information visit

NHS England

NHS England set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care. For more information visit

NHS Property Services (PropCo)

NHS Property Services manages, maintains and improves NHS properties and facilities. For more information visit

Public Health England

Public Health England protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. For more information visit

Skills for Care

Skills for Care is the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England. For more information visit


Sitra is a membership organisation championing excellence in housing, care and support. For more informaiton visit

National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)

The NCPC is the umbrella organisation for those involved in providing, commissioning and using hospice and palliative care services. For more informaiton visit

National Voices

National Voices is the coalition of health and social care charities in England. For more information visit


Housing influencers

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

CIH are the independent voice for housing, and the home of professional standards in the housing sector. For more informaiton visit

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

The Government department responsible for creating great places to live and work. For more information visit


Foundations is the national body for Home Improvement Agencies. For more information visit

Homeless Link

A membership body for organisations and individuals working with homeless people around the UK. For more information visit

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

The HCA is the non-departmental public body that funds new affordable housing in England. For more information visit

Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT)

HACT is a solutions agency committed to promoting ideas and innovation across the housing sector. For more information visit

Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN)

Housing LIN is the leading 'knowledge hub' for a growing network of housing, health and social care professionals in England. For more information visit


Sitra is a membership organisation championing excellence in housing, care and support. For more informaiton visit


Third sector influencers

Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families

Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families promotes the needs of families affected by imprisonment. For more information visit

Age UK

Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. For more information visit


The UK national organisation for bisexual research and activism. For more information visit

Birmingham LGBT

Birmingham LGBT is the city’s leading charity advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. For more information visit


CHANGE is a national human rights charity led by disabled people. For more information visit


Clinks supports voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families. For more information visit

Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations

A national membership organisation focusing on the development and support of LGBT groups, projects and organisations. For more information visit

Disability Partnership

A leading voluntary sector consortium for disability organisations, led by Mencap. For more information visit

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is the leading charity run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. For more information visit

East London Out Project (ELOP)

A lesbian and gay mental health clarity based in East London. For more information visit


FaithAction is a network of faith-based and community organisations serving their communities by delivering public services. For more information visit

Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)

Working to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people, including those who are non-binary and non-gender. For more information visit


GMFA is the UK's leading charity dedicated to gay men's health. For more information visit

Hospice UK

The national charity for hospice care. For more information visit

LGBT Foundation

A national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. For more information visit

London Friend

London Friend is the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. For more information visit

London Voluntary Service Council

The collaborative leader of London’s voluntary and community sector. For more information visit

Marie Curie Cancer Care

A charity providing care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. For more information visit

Men’s Health Forum

Men’s Health Forum carry out research, raise awareness, and advocate for men’s health. For more information visit

Mental Health Consortia

A national alliance of voluntary sector mental health providers, facilitating partnerships across the sector. For more information visit

Mental Health Foundation

A charity who inform and influence the development of evidence-based mental health policy. For more information visit

The Metro Centre

An equality and diversity charity, providing health, community and youth services. For more information visit


A social justice charity who design and deliver services to equip people with skills, advice and support to move on. For more information visit

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

NAVCA champion voluntary and community action by supporting members in their work with over 160,000 local charities and community groups. For more information visit

National Autistic Society

A charity which provides information, support and pioneering, and campaign for autistic people. For more information visit

National Care Forum

The National Care Forum supports organisations providing care and support services. For more information visit

National Children’s Bureau (NCB)

The NCB works with children, and for children, to reduce the impact of childhood inequalities. For more information visit

National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)

The umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care. For more information visit

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)

A network of national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people. For more information visit

National LGB&T Partnership

A group of voluntary and community organisations committed to reducing the health inequalities of LGB&T communities. For more information visit


Mind provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. For more information visit

National Survivor User Network

A service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to shape policy. For more information visit

National Voices

The coalition of health and social care charities in England. For more information visit

One East Midlands

The regional network for the voluntary and community sector in the East Midlands. For more information visit


PACE support LGBT+ people to manage the difficulties they face in their day to day lives. For more information visit

Quest FtM UK

A small group based in the south west who provide support for FtM and trans-masculine identified people. For more information visit

Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation promotes race equality in social support and public services. For more information visit

Regional Voices

Regional Voices champions the work of voluntary organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care. For more information visit

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink are a national charity providing information and advocacy for everyone affected by mental illness. For more information visit

Royal Mencap Society

Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and provide services and support. For more information visit


Scope provide support, information and advice to disabled people and their families. For more information visit


Sense support and campaign for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. For more information visit

Shaping Our Lives National User Network

A national network of service users and disabled people. For more information visit

Stonewall Housing

A specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender housing advice and support provider. For more information visit

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder provide hospice and neurological care for people facing a life changing diagnosis. For more information visit

UK Health Forum

A centre of expertise, working for the prevention of avoidable non-communicable diseases. For more information visit

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG)

A grouping of over 80 voluntary sector and not-for-profit disability organisations. For more information visit

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters develop and deliver high impact volunteer led solutions to difficult challenges. For more information visit

Women’s Health and Equality Consortium

Seek to ensure that experiences and needs of women and girls are reflected in health and social care policy. For more information visit

Young People’s Health Partnership

A consortium of organisations working to raise the profile of the health agenda across the voluntary youth sector. For more information visit

Youth Access

A national membership organisation for young people's information, advice, counselling and support services. For more information visit


Other influencers

Local Government Association (LGA)

A cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. For more information visit