ARCC - Achieving Real Change for Communities is a consortium based on agencies from the public, private and Third sectors in the North East.

'arcc will deliver high quality, local services to local people and has significant expertise in probation services, housing, social care, public protection, mental health and employment and skills'

'arcc's mission is to reduce the enduring scourge of re-offending which damages people, families and communities. arcc will reduce the cycle of re-offending by supporting ex-offenders to become active citizens and by harnessing their potential to strengthen our local communities'

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The arcc consortium has 9 members:

Logo, Changing Lives North EastChanging Lives in the North East is a community interest company formed by the Durham and Tees Valley Probation Trust staff to enable its previous intelligence and expertise to contribute to arcc’s bid. The DTV Probation Trust was one of the highest performing Trusts in England, renowned for its pioneering approach.

Safe in Tees Valley works across the public, private and voluntary and community sectors, within established and developing partnerships. It has a proven track record for innovative approaches to reduce re-offending in local communities, built on working with ex-offenders for 18 years.

Darlington, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland are the leading local authorities involved with arcc. They represent the five local authorities in the Durham and Tees Valley involved with the bid.Their collective experience of delivering services for child protection, vulnerable adults, youth Justice and economic development makes them a vital element in the arcc bid. Both Councils are among the best performers across England and Wales.

TEWV was the North East’s first mental health trust to achieve foundation trust status under the NHS Act 2006. It is a recognised leader in the field. TEWV provides a range of mental health and substance misuse services in 170 locations. The Trust manages major contracts with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and NHS England Specialist Commissioners. Its income last year was almost £300m.

Fabrick Housing Group and Vela Group recently combined to create the Thirteen Group. It owns more than 32,000 homes and operates in an area stretching from North Tyneside to York. It is one of the North East’s largest housing providers and also one of its largest employers. Thirteen’s turnover will be around £140 million a year. Thirteen brings experience in housing that none of the other bidders have.

The Vardy Foundation was established in 1989 and is the charitable trust of Sir Peter Vardy and his family. After building and selling a national motor retail business, Sir Peter built and sponsored four outstanding schools in areas of high or very high deprivation. The Vardy Foundation is now committed in supporting social action initiatives principally in strengthening families, alleviating poverty and hardship, and providing homes for ex-offenders and those suffering from addictions.

The Wise Group has 30 years of experience delivering employability and criminal justice programmes in Scotland and the North East. In Scotland its current contracts include delivering Home Energy Scotland providing energy advice to 42,000 households per year in 11 local authority areas. The New Routes programme provides innovative mentoring of young male prisoners in all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, and 14 prisons. In the North East, the Wise Group deliver the DWP’s ESF Families programme and Talent Match funded by The Big Lottery Fund.


Updated on Monday September 3, 2018.