Northampton Hope Centre
After hospital and then Community Service Volunteering, Robin trained as a social worker and working in welfare rights advice, housing and learning difficulties. From 1987 Robin focused on addictions, running a large regional charity for 9 years. He then led national government policy on drugs in communities for 5 years, before heading up the national commissioning and policy charity on problem gambling. After a spell as a local addiction commissioner, and then nearly 8 years in national NHS work, improving quality and data, Robin decided that the scale of local poverty and deprivation demanded effective local action. He returned to direct service delivery, in his smallest charity to date, tackling poverty and homelessness and making a very real, practical difference to people on the ground. Volunteers have been part of both service delivery charities Robin has managed. His current charity holds NCVO Investing in Volunteering Accreditation.