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.
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 multiple disadvantage. Both will speak on ‘Profiling’ severe and multiple disadvantage: the different ways it can be described. This will be followed by a discussion chaired by Dr Nick Maguire, Revolving Doors Trustee and Deputy Head of Psychology at the University of Southampton.
The seminar will be held in a central London venue.
Who can join?
Membership of the network is free, and open to all disciplines and sectors. We only ask that you have an active interest in researching multiple disadvantage and in helping to develop a collaborative, thriving network.
RSVP and Join the Network
As spaces are limited, please let us know if you would like to attend Tuesday 30th June. More details will be circulated to attendees. (Please note, we may need to limit attendance to one member per organisation).
Don’t worry if you can’t attend this meeting, we would still love you to become a member of the research network. Do get in touch if you want to find out more.
Lucy Terry | Research and Information Officer
Revolving Doors Agency
4th Floor, 291-299 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JG
Direct line 020 7940 9745
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 voice matters. Increasingly we are not only asked to contribute but actions are being taken as a result of what we say.