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Our journey began

We were driven by the need to know why one particular group of individuals was trapped in the revolving door of homelessness, crime and mental health problems. Our goal was to transform the lives of people who were being let down by a system that was routinely failing them.

We started by gathering evidence. Our researchers worked in police stations, prisons and other places where our group was regularly present.

Text that reads: 2000

We expanded our understanding of the revolving door

By the millennium, we had become acknowledged pioneers in our field. We had a unique reputation for involving people who have suffered the effects of the revolving door in every aspect of our work. Our team had taken ownership of a national problem and was finding answers where nobody had previously thought to look.

Text that reads: 2008

Amplifying the voices of those with lived experience  

We launched our first national lived experience forum. From being an ‘invisible’ group as late as the 1990s, those suffering multiple problems had become the subject of national discussion and debate. Revolving Doors  is proud to have led that change for people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, domestic violence, repeat victimisation and offending.


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We pioneered the Link Worker model

The Link Worker scheme offers practical and emotional support to people who are suffering the effects of the revolving door. These people are shown how to make contact with those who can help them tackle the underlying causes of their offending. The Link Worker approach has now been adopted by a range of organisations.

Text that reads: 2015

We helped make liaison and diversion services a reality

By placing mental health and other complex needs specialists in police stations and courts, offenders with mental health, learning disability or substance misuse vulnerabilities can be identified quickly. They can then be supported during their sentence or perhaps diverted into the care of a health or social care service.