The Ley Community

Important Update

The Ley Community Board of Trustees is pleased to confirm that it has secured the financial security of the charity through the part-sale of its property in Yarnton, Oxford to our development partners, 376 Estates.

376 Estates have secured planning permission to develop their part of the site for specialist dementia care facilities and residential housing. The Ley Community retains ownership of the remaining property, including Mandelbrote and Agulnik Houses, for future use by the charity.

With its financial security now secured, we are excited that we will be able to continue to deliver the Ley Community’s long-proven and effective addictions services, enabling individuals to build the self-belief and resilience needed to transform their lives.

The C-19 pandemic has been a significant hurdle in finally achieving this milestone. We now look forward to the prospect of planning with certainty for our future.

The Board of Trustees has already commenced their detailed re-evaluation of the strategic options reflecting the likely regulatory impact of the post C-19 environment. The aim is to complete this work by end of 2021, for implementation thereafter.

At the heart of the ongoing strategic evaluation is a total commitment to continue delivering the Ley mission, focused as it is on helping those individuals suffering with addictions related problems.

If you would like to contact the Ley Community for any business-related issue, please leave a message on 01865 371777 or email us at


We apologise for not being able to assist you today, but the Ley Community residential addictions treatment service is currently closed for redevelopment works.
Once we have an established date for the new Ley going live, we will launch our new website with all relevant information.

If you have contacted the site seeking help for addiction related issues, we advise you to contact services in your local area. Information on which services might be most relevant to your need can be found on your local Council services directory.

Alternatively, if you are wanting to speak directly with a specialist residential treatment provider, we advise you to access the ‘choices’ website where you will find a range of associate services that might be suitable to your need. The link is:

If you’d like to get in touch with us, you can fill in the form below (note that it may take some days to reply to your enquiry).

Our Board of Trustees

Dr. Simon Street


Simon Street is a retired GP. As a resident of Yarnton he knew the Ley Community as a neighbour in the eighties.

In the nineties he witnessed the achievements of the Ley as the visiting GP for the residents. He became a trustee in 2017 and in 2021 became the chair of the Board of Trustees.

Stephen Elliott


Stephen Elliott has lived and worked in Oxford for 35 years and is currently the Director of Finance at the Sobell House Hospice Charity.

His interest in the work of the Ley Community was initially sparked by a family member’s problems with alcohol and he became a trustee at the Ley Community in 2016.

Dr. Susanna Graham-Jones

Susanna Graham-Jones was a Lecturer in General Practice at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, and was a GP partner at the Nuffield Practice in Witney, West Oxfordshire, for 17 years before retiring in 2015.

Her early training in psychiatry and psycho-pharmacology and her experience as a GP in inner-city Liverpool, after the Toxteth riots, stimulated her interest in the Ley Community. She was appointed as a Trustee in 2015, and is a Trustee of two other local charities.

Scott Mandelbrote

Scott Mandelbrote is an historian who currently teaches in the University of Cambridge. He has wide experience of charitable governance in higher education.

The Ley Community, of which his father, Bertram Mandelbrote, was one of the founders, has been a presence in his life for as long as he can remember. He was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2012 and has been especially active recently in securing the future of the archive of the community.

Grant Phillips

A former Chair and Trustee for 4 years with SMART CJS, Grant became a Trustee of The Ley Community in 2018.

Having retired from a 29-year career with Barclays in 2006, Grant has been an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford since 2007.

For the last 7 years he has also been a mentor for Charity Mentors Oxfordshire.

Amanda Poole

Amanda Poole is Programme Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme and an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

She is a trustee and Chair of the Fundraising Committee with Thames Valley Air Ambulance and a trustee of OxHub. She became a trustee of the Ley Community in 2020.