How the Forward Enterprise Fund is supporting talent and giving a second chance to those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

15 January 2019

This month sees the release of a music video with a difference: where the entire cast is made up of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, shot against the iconic backdrop of Brighton.

This new approach to making music springs from the creative talents of We Are Not Saints (WANS) – an independent record label dedicated to finding and working with people with real talent who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The video, which will be available on 25th January, is to launch the first single from Jim Trickster, a Brighton-based musician who is in recovery himself. Jim bounced around the Brighton music scene for many years whilst in active addiction and, once sober, had all but resigned himself to the fact that any career in music was over. Then he met Chris De Banks.

Chris De Banks is the founder of WANS and is himself two and a half years in recovery. Chris said:

"If it wasn’t for funding from The Forward Enterprise Fund and coaching from Crowdfunder, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to give our artists second chances and give you the opportunity to hear incredible music from an unseen world of creative talent.”

The Forward Enterprise Fund is a £2m social investment fund that supports individuals and organisations creating employment opportunities for ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction.

It's strategic partnership with, the largest crowdfunding platform in the UK, allows eligible start-up enterprises and individuals, like WANS, to access match-funding for their projects. 

How Crowdfunding Works

Thanks to public donations which were matched by the Forward Enterprise Fund, WANS managed to raise over £10,000 for the development of its marketing and production facilities. 

More information on WANS can be found at

You can find out more information on the Forward Enterprise Fund and how to apply through its dedicated website. If you have a question or would like to discuss the fund in more detail, please contact:

The Forward Trust:, 020 3752 5560.

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