Mission StatementSWIM helps people in 'hard-to-reach' groups to access what they need to live healthy, purposeful lives. We connect them to the housing, health and training and employment. We exist to add social value by giving something back - and encouraging the people we support to do the same - so we contribute to a brighter future for all everyone who lives in Hackney.
Value StatementWe believe equality and inclusion drives creativity, so we work to inspire a sense of belonging in others. We offer our life experience and skills so other people can lead better lives as active contributors to our communities.
Reduce Re-offending Support
Social Inclusion Programme
Drug and Alcohol Support
Digital Online Services
Services We Offer
- Older people desistance programme
- Project & programme management and business consultancy services
- Social prescribing - connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support
- Drug, alcohol and criminal justice support services
- Collaborating with service providers, commissioners & researchers on new technologies to support service users
Who we do it with?
- Prison and Probation services
- Local authority commissioners
- Mental health services
- Education, training & employment organisations
- Charities and third sector organisations
- Research organisations
- Public and Private sector organisations
What we love to do for othersSWIMs works to build the capacity to employ people and companies who are local to where we are working. Choosing to work with SWIM you are investing in sustainable solutions and capacity and skill building within your local community.
Swim Chief Executive (Peter Merrifield)
SWIM’s founder, Peter Merrifield, has many years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary health and social care teams. He ran adults and young people’s drug, alcohol, criminal justice and dual diagnosis services in Greenwich for 6 years. Peter has managed a wide range or projects including end-to-end service re-design, with a focus on promoting self care and management.
Peter is also the Chief Executive of Digital First Innovations Limited (a healthcare design and technology company), helping healthcare providers redesign their services and improve their digital online service.
He has hands-on expertise leading a range of projects and programmes – overseeing all aspects of project delivery including communications, ICT and marketing. A born and bred Hackney resident, Peter’s passion has always been to give something back to his community which led him to setup Support When It Matters (SWIM) CIC in 2019. The aim of the service is to empower people to make positive change to your life, re-build family relationships and access education training and employment.
What our clients say about us
Former Drug & Alcohol Commissioner, Greenwich Council
Peter’s positive attitude ensured he was extremely productive, helped with whatever was needed and remained proactive, ensuring the project was always progressing. Peter routinely sent updates to stakeholders at all levels. What stood out was that he made things simple to understand even when explaining quite complicated and intricate matters.