Steve Dixon, Changes UK CEO, named Barclay’s national social entrepreneur of the year 2021

Steve Dixon, Changes UK, wins Barclays’ National Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2021 (photo: Changes UK)

Ground-breaking, Birmingham-based recovery charity Changes UK has just announced that Steve Dixon, its founder and CEO, has won Barclays’ National Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2021. 

The awards celebrate UK entrepreneurs for their exceptional innovation in creating social change in unique and positive ways. Speaking at the Award ceremony on the 21st October Steve said:

“I am honoured to receive this award from Barclays. From where I have come from, I still have to pinch myself with the life I am living and am so grateful that I have found my purpose and an amazing team to help many others find freedom and recovery from active addiction and mental health challenges. Not only is this award for me and Changes UK it is an award that belongs to those who are starting out on their journey and starting to believe that they too can succeed and achieve their dreams.”

Changes UK is recognised as a leading model of recovery services for its pioneering approach to recovery and its vision of enabling a future where anyone can find recovery from addiction, restore connection with their families/communities and achieve a life with dignity, hope and purpose. It was founded in 2009 by CEO Steve Dixon, himself recovering from addiction, in response to the lack of support available in Birmingham for people wanting to find recovery.

Changes UK grew from Steve’s passion to make a difference to people’s lives, and the organisation is now recognised as being amongst the most innovative recovery services. Its core services are increasingly supported by its social enterprises which provide valuable income, as well as training, work experience and employment for those in recovery.

Congratulations to Steve and to everyone at Changes UK who have been part of helping the organisation receive this well-deserved recognition.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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