The National Expert Citizen’s Group is a group of individuals with lived experience of homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and offending behaviour. The group is comprised of individuals from the 12 funded project areas for the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs’. CFE Research facilitates the group. Members from the group have been accepted to run a workshop at the 2017 Multiple Needs summit in Milton Keynes. Sarah Robinson, the group’s facilitator (and research manager on the programme’s National Evaluation), will be supporting two group members to lead and present at their first national conference.
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 in notes.
The Home Office will be providing an annotated strategy after its publication later this year which marks which areas were changed/influenced by the views of the experts. A follow up session with the Home Office will occur at the May NECG meeting in Bristol.
‘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.
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: Continue reading
The Big Advice Survey is a national survey conducted at a local level. It is created and promoted by individual Citizen Advice Bureaux and Law Centres as well as a diverse range of other organisations including solicitor firms, community groups, local businesses, foodbanks, housing associations, colleges and educational institutions. Continue reading
This guest blog is from Service User Engagement Co-ordinator Justin Nield. Justin has been working on the Fulfilling Lives: supporting people with Multiple Needs Blackpool Programme funded by the Big Lottery.
I haven’t always been a Programme Co-ordinator and I lived with Multiple and Complex needs for most of my adult life. I spent over 20 years in active addiction, suffered with enduring mental health issues and ended up living on the streets, frightened, confused and vulnerable. Continue reading
Our first good practice webinar, held as part of the Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs national evaluation, saw two invited speakers talking about their experience of working with people to understand complex problems and find creative and effective solutions to these problems. Continue reading
The Big Lottery Fund is today (12th Feb) awarding £112 million across England to end ‘the revolving door of care’ faced by thousands of people with multiple problems including homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and reoffending.
The grants of up to £10 million to 12 areas across the country will help to improve and create better coordinated services to prevent people living chaotic lives being passed between charities and services, which often cannot individually deal with their wide range of needs. Continue reading
On 22nd January 2014 CFE Research and the University of Sheffield held an event to launch our learning programme.
The programme included a number of speakers talking about the importance of evidence in their work and a workshop for projects to tell us more about their learning needs.
Our presenters included:
John McCracken, Drugs Programme Manager, Department of Health
Pat Russell, Deputy Director, Social Justice Division, Department for Work and Pensions
Andrew Hudson, Senior Advisory, Big Lottery Fund (video)
Mark Somerfield, CFE Associate
Presentations are available below:
We were also planning to show this video, but had some technical problems: