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Meet the Positive Practice Partnership team

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Claire Robinson

BA (Hons) Social Work (Open)

Claire, director of Positive Practice Partnership, has 14 years’ experience of working with vulnerable groups in the north-east in paid and voluntary capacities, with substance misuse as a key theme.

Employed by PROPS since 2005, Claire has worked with parents of young people involved in substance related offending. She also established a service for young people affected by substance misuse in Newcastle, which included the delivery of parenting programmes within HMP Durham.

Since 2012 she has been service manager and now chief executive of the expanded PROPS North East, overseeing strategic development, including the establishment of Positive Practice as a new trading division.

Claire is responsible for integrating the principles of CRAFT in PROPS’ Newcastle and North Tyneside offices, helping to drive quality and efficiency, making more effective use of intervention time and increasing focus on supporting carers.


Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

Certificate in Education
Trainer and Supervisor

Helen completed her CRAFT training and accreditation in 2012 and has gone on to deliver training to family intervention professionals and other social care workers in north-east England.

She works on a one-to-one basis with carers and in groups as a
practising family intervention worker using CRAFT skills to augment her support for them to help them encourage their loved ones into treatment.

Helen has 12 years’ experience of family intervention work, having been contracted to Turning Point to work with both substance misusers and carers before joining PROPS eight years ago and helping to establish the support service at the North Tyneside office.

In October 2015, Helen became the first person in the UK to become a supservisor and trainer in ACRA (Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approch), part of the same family of interventions as CRAFT. 


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George Charlton

MA Counselling
Trainer and Supervisor

George is a CRAFT supervisor and trainer after turning his life around from being a former substance misuser himself to gaining a masters’ degree in counselling.

Also a National Training Award winner for his work with people impacted by substance misuse, he has worked with families for 15 years. He is also epmloyed by PROPS as a CRAFT-accredited family intervention worker, offering one-to-one support with carers and runs group sessions.

George is also volunteer coordinator for the organisation, responsible for developing former carers and substance misusers and others wishing to join the organisation following their recovery journey.


John ThompsonJohn Thompson

Business Development Manager

After graduating, John accumulated more than 30 years’ experience in business and political journalism. He ran his own business magazine publishing and business consultancy firm, dealing with and advising some of the leading decision makers in the north-east and the UK.

For Positive Practice Partnership he deals with strategic business development, marketing, course organisation and promotion. He also advises PROPS on strategic development.

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