An Influential Voice Expand The staff, volunteers and service users at the charity are able to bring a unique perspective to the wider debate on the treatment of individuals who have had difficulties with their substance use. Where possible we use our lived experience, our voice and our influence to contribute to both research and policy, in the hope that we can make a small difference toward changing the lives of others for the better. This can be demonstrated not only in our attendance at the APPG on Drugs, Justice and Alcohol, but also in our submissions of evidence for . . . People Powered Recovery (The APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis) Dame Carol Black's independent report on Drugs and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes.