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Our structure

The Big Life group comprises a social enterprise called the Big Life Company (company number 4227421), a Multi-Academy Trust called Big Life Schools, and three charities:

  • Big Issue North Trust (charity number 1056041)
  • Big Life Centres (charity number 1062333)
  • Self Help Services (charity number 1122063)

The registered address for all five components of the group is 463 Stretford Road, Manchester, M16 9AB.

The Big Life group is overseen by The Big Life group board, which comprises non-exec directors and charity trustees. A separate Multi-Academy Trust Board oversees Big Life Schools.

As well as sitting on the board, our medical director, Louise Grant, chairs our Clinical Service Governance Board. Their job is to ensure that we continually strive to improve the quality and safety of services we deliver. The board meets quarterly, and produces a report each year, assessing our standards.

Our Audit and Remuneration Committee oversee the financial operations of the group, internal and external audits, and remuneration of directors.

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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.