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P3 Charity

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Social Exclusion, Health, Social Care, Criminal Justice, Homelessness, Youth Svcs, Employment

Business Activities:Housing, youth services, education, training and advice

Business Location:Derbyshire, East & West Midlands, London, South East & South West (HQ Derby)

Chief Executive:Mark Simms

Turnover:£15m (2014-15)


Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee

P3 Charity

‘People, Potential, Possibilities’ – P3 is a social enterprise that deals holistically with supported housing, homelessness, ex-offenders, complex needs, mental health and youth-focused services including education, activities, training and advice.

P3 exists to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people, creating services and opportunities which offer effective and long lasting routes out of social exclusion. P3’s mission is to improve lives and communities by delivering services for socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential and open up new possibilities.

P3 started as a small charity in 1972, providing homelessness services in the West Midlands; since then it has grown substantially in size and remit, now covering regions across the UK, with recent expansions into Warwickshire (2016), and winning innovative Social Impact Bond funding to support the most vulnerable homeless people in both Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire (2017).

Its partners include numerous local authorities, schools, enterprise partnerships, the London Probation Trust and NHS Foundation Trusts, and 85-90% of its income is derived from contracts to deliver public services. P3 seeks to work in partnership with those sharing its vision, goals and mission.

P3 has won numerous awards, including CAF UK Charity of the Year: Social Care and Welfare 2012, and ‘Rising Star’ for its Cheshire services at the 2017 North West Charity Awards. It was also shortlisted in 2017 for the Charity Times Award ‘Charity of the Year: with an income of more than £10 million.’

Now employing nearly 500 contracted staff across the UK and with 208 volunteers, it has been at the very top of the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For UK Top 100 List in the past decade including No.1 in 2007 and 2010 (2012 2nd).

E3M Member

P3 Charity

Name:Mark Simms

Title :CEO

Mark qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1990. Prior to moving to the voluntary sector, Mark held a number of Senior Management roles in the NHS and Private sector. Specialising in Mental Health and Addiction services, Mark has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 12 years.