18 02, 2016

NECG reviews the Home Office’s National Drugs Strategy

By |2019-05-14T10:38:19+00:00February 18th, 2016|Categories: News|

On the 29th January, in Stoke on Trent, the National Expert Citizen’s Group of Fulfilling Lives were invited to review the National Drugs Strategy. The strategy focuses on three key themes: Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply and Building Recovery. The day focused on the third strand – Building Recovery. A member from the Home Office’s Drug Strategy Team provided an initial presentation to set the scene. The rest of the day focused on obtaining expert’s views and opinions, from their lived experience, on key aspects that are needed to inform the new strategy. The review was particularly interested in:

— Barriers to recovery
— How to reduce the stigma of substance misuse
— What works well in recovery – particularly around housing and employment

The day was recorded graphically and […]

27 01, 2016

Birmingham Experts by Experience: Message for 2016

By |2016-01-27T11:31:25+00:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: News|

Following the success of the Experts by Experience launch film in 2015, Birmingham Changing Futures Together decided it would be fitting to create a new film for 2016. This film features some new year’s resolutions, a variety of stories and successful journeys and recommendations for services for 2016.

Watch it here

Birmingham Changing Futures Together will continue to work with Experts by Experience to help improve services across Birmingham, and make the lives of their users more fulfilled.

They really hope you find it as rewarding to watch as they found it to make.

17 12, 2015

Reflecting on a year of learning….

By |2019-05-14T09:54:24+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

It’s coming up to the end of the year so I thought I would take some time to reflect and take stock. I started my role in January excited. The pioneering nature of the Fulfilling Lives programme interested me but above all was the hope that lives would be transformed both during the life of the project and in a real on-going way into the future. The opportunity to take any part in this, however small, seemed both a privilege and a responsibility.
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17 12, 2015

First edition of the PIElink newsletter

By |2015-12-17T09:17:16+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: News|

PIElink is a rapidly growing community of practice with the aim of connecting people involved with addressing the psychological and emotional issues that go with homelessness, particularly through the development of ‘psychologically informed environments’ – PIEs.

They have just released their first newsletter, follow this link to find it.

If you want to find out more about PIElink then got to their website to get involved. http://pielink.net/

12 11, 2015

WY-FI (West Yorkshire Finding Independence) One Year On Conference

By |2019-05-14T10:38:02+00:00November 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

The event marked the first year of the WY-FI project. The audience saw videos made by beneficiaries of the Wakefield Navigator Team, presentations about the team’s achievements and testimonies from partners in Wakefield. Out Of Character Theatre showcased some of the work they had been doing across West Yorkshire to help WY-FI users tell their own stories of recovery and resilience

Read more about it here

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8 10, 2015

Definitions, disadvantage and domestic violence

By |2019-05-14T09:53:44+00:00October 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.’
Romeo and Juliet (11, ii,1-2)

Shakespeare’s Juliet knew that Romeo’s surname did not take into account all the things she loved about him; he was more than his name. Yet, in order to make sense of our world, we continue to ascribe names and definitions to everything, perhaps forgetting that they can never truly encompass everything that something is.

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7 10, 2015

Survivors Rights – End Violence Against Woman publishes new briefing

By |2019-05-14T10:47:51+00:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: News|

The End Violence Against Women Coalition has published a new Briefing Paper on the rights of women and girls to specialist support when they have suffered or are at risk of abuse, and has written to the Communities Secretary Greg Clark MP calling on the UK Government to act to make these rights a reality.

Read more about it here.

12 08, 2015

MEAM statement on review of support for benefit claimants with drug and alcohol problems

By |2019-05-14T10:50:11+00:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched an independent review led by Dame Carol Black into the support available for benefit claimants with drug and alcohol problems. MEAM has responded to the call for evidence.

This review provides an opportunity to explore the range of challenges that people with substance issues face in moving towards employment, and explore how the current system could be improved to better respond to their needs.

While a great deal of the media coverage has focused on proposals to make benefits conditional on accepting an offer of treatment, this is one debate within a much wider set of issues and must not be addressed in isolation.

In responding to the review, the MEAM coalition charities – Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind – […]

1 07, 2015

Birmingham Changing Futures Together Officially Launched

By |2019-05-14T10:51:44+00:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: News|

Over 120 guests attended the official launch of the Birmingham Changing Futures Together project Friday 19th June. They were able to find out more about the achievements so far, aspirations for the future and how they could get more involved.

Birmingham also took the opportunity to capture views on how people think Services, Outcomes and Systems (SOS) for people with multiple needs can be improved across the city. For details of the event and an inspiring video by their Experts by Experience, click here.

4 06, 2015

Solutions from the Frontline

By |2019-05-14T10:46:44+00:00June 4th, 2015|Categories: News|

A new report, launched by Making Every Adult Matter (a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link, and Mind) shows that people experiencing a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, offending, and mental health problems, are not getting the support they need because policymakers are not consistently listening to them or the practitioners that support them.

Solutions from the Frontline is based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs. It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policymakers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services, and support people to achieve their ambitions.

Read it here

 

27 05, 2015

Multiple Needs Summit 2015

By |2015-06-03T08:38:08+00:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Events like the National Multiple Needs Summit (22nd April 2015) are always a great opportunity for evaluators like me to have our beloved measures and outcomes illuminated by the personal touch of human experience. Over 300 delegates filed into the circular grand Assembly Hall of Church House in Westminster taking in the impressive glass dome and oak panelled walls. The building was used by the two houses of parliament during the second world war and has echoed to many an historic speech, including Churchill announcing the sinking of the Bismarck, no less.

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20 05, 2015

Join the new research network on severe and multiple disadvantage

By |2015-05-20T09:58:48+00:00May 20th, 2015|Categories: News|

Important research on severe and multiple disadvantage (also labelled ‘multiple needs’, or ‘chronic exclusion’) is often confined to specific disciplines, or certain sectors. People with direct or ‘frontline’ experience rarely have a chance to shape this research, while inter-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration is rare.

Our hope is that this network will be a place where we can start to change this.

Our First Seminar

Our first seminar is Tuesday 30th June, 2.30-4.30pm, and we are pleased to host Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University and Di McNeish, DMSS Research & Consultancy. Suzanne is lead author on ‘Hard Edges’, the recent report mapping severe and multiple disadvantage, and an expert in homelessness and housing exclusion. Di is a leading researcher into factors causing and characterising women and girls’ experience of […]

6 05, 2015

Using lived experience to influence change

By |2019-05-14T10:00:19+00:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

I am the Communications Lead for the National Expert Citizens Group and the Independent Futures (IF) Group in Bristol – we are the advisory group of people with lived experience of multiple and complex needs. We are equal partners for the Fulfilling Lives project, a Big Lottery funded initiative to see how we can help individuals who keep falling through the gaps in the system. It is evident that many who come under this category – who have experienced at least three out of the four problem areas; mental health, substance misuse, homelessness and offending behavior, are still bouncing from service to service not getting their real issues dealt with properly. Having had hard earned street level experience of accessing these services means that our […]

16 04, 2015

Simple Change for Troubled Lives – Five Actions to help people with Multiple and Complex Needs

By |2015-04-16T08:31:18+00:00April 16th, 2015|Categories: News|

Framework, the specialist charity and housing association, proposes five specific actions to bring effective help to people living troubled lives and those at risk of doing so. The aim is to secure cross-party agreement to win a better deal for people living troubled lives

These Five Actions are the key components for a national Troubled Lives Strategy:
• Support people using tried and tested solutions
•Amend the rules on access to health and social care
•Invest in specialist housing
•Make welfare work for people living troubled lives
•Join up policy where it impacts on troubled lives.

Follow the link to find out more http://fiveactions.org/

12 03, 2015

MEAM bulletin – top three asks for government

By |2015-03-12T09:18:53+00:00March 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) – have released their latest bulletin which includes the top three asks for government in the run up to the general election.

The bulletin also brings you the latest news about multiple needs including:

  • Multiple needs summit, 22 April **last chance to book**
  • Host a conversation on multiple needs policy
  • Three asks for the next government
  • MEAM Approach: The support we offer
  • Follow us on Twitter

Read the full bulletin here

13 02, 2015

Counting the cost of multiple needs

By |2019-05-14T10:02:31+00:00February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

When we first began working on the Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs evaluation, a question we asked was ‘how many people are affected by multiple and complex needs?’ It seemed like a simple enough starting point. Two years on we’ve learnt very little is simple in trying to address issues that are inter-related and mutually reinforcing, particularly when the service response is too often inflexible and designed to address single issues only. The disconnected nature of support is reflected in the data which can provide an indication of levels of homelessness, offending etc, but not how these commonly related issues overlap. However, a recently published report from Lankelly Chase Foundation goes some way to addressing this and helping to answer that […]

4 02, 2015

Hidden homeless: Benefit sanctions blamed as rough sleepers increase by a third in five years

By |2015-02-04T10:30:41+00:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: News|

Benefit sanctions are contributing to a rise in homelessness, according to a new study showing there were more than a quarter of a million homeless cases in England last year. Article published by The independent

Hidden homeless: Benefit sanctions blamed as rough sleepers increase by a third in five years

4 02, 2015

New research reveals the profile of severe and multiple disadvantage in England

By |2015-02-04T10:14:34+00:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: News|

LankellyChase Foundation with Heriot-Watt University has released the most robust research to date on severe and multiple disadvantage In England. Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England draws together previously separate datasets from homelessness, offending and substance misuse treatment systems. It also takes into account available data around mental health and poverty.   It delivers the latest and most comprehensive statistics on people facing severe and multiple disadvantage: where they live, what their lives are like, how effectively they are supported by services, and the economic implications of the disadvantages they face.

Read the full report here:

Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England

4 12, 2014

People with complex needs to be strongly considered in next Spending Review by the Government

By |2014-12-04T14:13:25+00:00December 4th, 2014|Categories: News|

The Autumn Statement promises better support for people with multiple and complex needs. Responding to the recommendations of the Service Transformation Challenge Panel, the government will look to develop and extend the principles of the Troubled Families programme to other groups of people with complex needs from the next Spending Review. To move in this direction, the government will: […]

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