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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:£20m (2019)


Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee

P3 Charity

P3 – ‘People, Potential, Possibilities’ – is a social enterprise that enables people to get their lives back on track and create the change they want for themselves – people who may be at risk of losing their home, stuck in a cycle of re-offending or struggling to access education or employment opportunities.

P3 offers a range of services across the UK, including street outreach for people who are homeless, supported housing, youth-focused services, drop-in advice and link worker services for people going through the criminal justice system.

P3 started as a small charity in 1972, providing homelessness services in the West Midlands; since a change of leadership in 2002 it has grown substantially in size and remit to provide services covering one third of England, winning innovative three-year Social Impact Bond funding to support people who have faced multiple and complex challenges in Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire (2017), expanding more recently into Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (2018), Coventry (2020) and growing provision in existing service areas.

Partners include local authorities, local charities, enterprise partnerships, the London Probation Trust and NHS Foundation Trusts, and 85-90% of its income is derived from contracts to deliver public services.

Now employing more than 700 staff across the UK, P3 has transformed over the last 18 years, merging with established West London charity Rugby Portobello Trust in 2009 and youth organisation UFA (University of the First Age) in 2018. P3 Housing, also part of the P3 Group, was named a Registered Social Housing Provider in 2018.

P3 won the SE100 Resilience Award in 2019 and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for Rugby Portobello Trust in 2020, while regional P3 teams have won numerous titles such as ‘Excellence in collaboration and partnership working’ at the 2019 Homeless Link Awards (P3 ACTion Lincs project), Warwick Charity of the Year at the 2019 Leamington Business Awards (P3 Warwickshire Street Outreach) and regional winners at the NHS Parliamentary Awards (P3 Milton Keynes).

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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 been part of P3’s leadership team for the last 18 years and became CEO in 2016. He was named the SE100 Leadership Champion in 2020.