Established in 2006, supported by a then forward thinking commissioning team & framework a group of volunteers came together to develop a directory of available services for people with substance misuse support needs in the Birmingham area.

The idea behind the project was to empower service users to gain control over their treatment journey through having an available directory that charted the treatment options available to the city’s drug using community. The directory was completed in July 2007 and was circulated widely in the Birmingham area.

Upon completion of the directory the group stayed together and formed DATUS, a peer based group promoting service user rights, involvement and activity.

As the range and amount of work undertaken increased the newly formed DATUS in partnership with the local daat agreed to support the local treatment system by providing service user involvement and peer based support through the provision of a commissioned service and as such became a registered charity and incorporated company in 2008.