24 04, 2020

COVID-19 and Fulfilling Lives

By |2020-04-24T13:24:40+00:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

In line with government guidance, the evaluation team are now working remotely and all planned face-to-face activities have been moved online for the foreseeable future. Our thoughts at this time are with our colleagues who are working hard to keep the most vulnerable in society safe. We will continue as best we can our work to develop the evidence base for longer term improvements in support for people affected by multiple disadvantage.

Following conversations with partnerships over the previous weeks, we are hearing about new creative ways of working developed by staff across Fulfilling Lives in response to the current pandemic. Those experiencing multiple disadvantage are at a heightened risk during this time and staff are continuing their work to ensure these individuals still get the […]

13 03, 2020

2020 budget announcement

By |2020-03-13T10:07:08+00:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

The 2020 budget announcement makes a commitment to provide £46 million from the Shared Outcomes Fund programme to support individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage such as homelessness, substance misuse and reoffending. At Fulfilling Lives, this comes as great news, as the national evidence for the programme highlights the need for those experiencing multiple disadvantages to be supported and for these disadvantages to be looked at holistically. Fulfilling Lives contributed learning from the national evaluation to the proposal to Her Majesty’s Treasury and the programme has been used as a source of supporting evidence as to why this investment should be made.

Fulfilling Lives, MEAM and Lankelly Chase were invited by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to contribute to the business case, with comments being […]

31 01, 2020

Key findings from the Fulfilling Lives programme

By |2020-01-31T13:21:18+00:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: News|

The latest publication from the Fulfilling Lives evaluation summarises key findings to date. It draws together the main messages from the series of briefings we published throughout 2019 that reported data and insights from our evaluation.

The leaflet can be read here.

Since 2014, Fulfilling Lives projects in 12 areas across England have supported over 3,400 people affected by multiple disadvantage, including mental ill-health, substance misuse and homelessness. Key features of the programme that we know make a difference to beneficiaries include persistent and ongoing support, free of short-term time limits; small case-loads for workers, allowing the time to build personal relationships based on trust; and providing holistic support with a focus on beneficiaries’ priorities.

The summary leaflets covers:

17 01, 2020

Improving access to mental health support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage – latest evaluation report

By |2020-01-17T15:11:05+00:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Improving access to mental health support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage – latest evaluation report

Mental ill-health is both a cause and a consequence of multiple disadvantage. Getting help with mental health can be an essential part of the journey towards a fulfilling life. But for people affected by multiple disadvantage accessing appropriate mental health support can be challenging. Addressing this is a key strategic priority for the Fulfilling Lives programme.

The latest report from the national evaluation of Fulfilling Lives investigates the barriers to getting mental health support faced by people experiencing multiple disadvantage. The report examines the response of Fulfilling Lives partnerships and presents evidence and learning from five in-depth case studies. The Fulfilling […]

21 10, 2019

Journal article co-authored by Fulfilling Lives partnership wins Outstanding Paper in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards

By |2019-10-21T15:15:47+00:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: News|

Bruno Ornelas (Head of Services at VOICES) and Andy Meakin (Project Director of VOICES) were among authors who contributed to the article “Increasing access to Care Act 2014 assessment and personal budgets among people with experiences of homelessness and multiple exclusion: a theoretically informed case study.” The article, published in Housing, Care and Support has just been selected by the editorial team as an Outstanding Paper in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. It was noted by the editorial team as an exceptional piece of work. The full article can be found as open access here.

The paper discusses the progress that is being made in Stoke-on-Trent to increase access to Care Act 2014 assessments and personal budgets amongst those experiencing multiple disadvantage. […]

29 08, 2019

What has Fulfilling Lives achieved – new briefing published today

By |2019-08-29T12:29:09+00:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

Today we publish the fourth paper in our series of briefings on multiple needs. This draws on data and insight from the 12 Fulfilling Lives partnerships, specifically focusing on what the programme has achieved over the first four years. Engaging with over 3,000 beneficiaries experiencing multiple disadvantage and otherwise excluded from services, the paper highlights a number of other successes of the programme. For those beneficiaries who remain with the programme and continue to make progress, there is an uptake in pro-social activities that characterise a full and fulfilled life.

 

To learn more, view the briefing online.

To understand more about the methods and data used, view the accompanying method notes.

2 07, 2019

What makes a difference – new briefing published

By |2019-07-02T13:13:21+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, Project Evaluation|Tags: , , , , |

The third paper in our series of briefings on multiple needs has been published today. The series draws upon data collected by Fulfilling Lives partnerships on the beneficiaries they have supported.

We know that too often people with multiple needs are denied the support they need, labelled as too high risk to work with or seen as making ‘life-style choices’ to be homeless or self-medicate trauma with substances. The Fulfilling Lives programme shows it is possible to engage and support people with the most complex needs; those who mainstream services may exclude or refuse to help due to perceived high levels of risk and challenging behaviour.

Briefing 3 explores what makes a difference when working with this group of people, and how progress differs amongst the group.

14 06, 2019

Understanding multiple needs – second in our series of briefings out now

By |2019-06-14T13:32:12+00:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: News, Project Evaluation|

Today we publish the second in our series of briefings on multiple needs, drawing on data collected by Fulfilling Lives partnerships on their beneficiaries.

People with multiple are diverse and should not be seen as a uniform group. It is important that those designing services for people with multiple needs recognise this and take steps to understand their potential service users in depth. This briefing helps unpack what is meant by ‘multiple needs’ and explores the characteristics of those affected.

Read the briefing online. To learn more about the methods and data used, view the accompanying method notes.

You can also view the first briefing here.

2 05, 2019

Why we need to invest in multiple needs – new briefing out now

By |2019-06-05T10:15:33+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, Project Evaluation|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the first in a series of briefings on multiple needs, drawing on data collected by Fulfilling Lives partnerships on their beneficiaries. In this briefing we explore the substantial cost to the public purse created by misdirected and avoidable use of public services, as well as the human, social and economic costs.

The briefing also looks at how, after getting support from Fulfilling Lives for nearly a year, people have fewer negative interactions with public services, including fewer arrests, convictions, evictions and visits to A&E.

View the briefing online and, to learn more about the methodology used, view the method notes.

30 01, 2019

New report published: “Promising practice”, with key findings from local evaluations to date

By |2019-05-07T13:41:14+00:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The national evaluation team have published key findings from local evaluations in their latest report, Promising Practice. The report:

  • Highlights approaches and interventions that appear promising based on local evaluation evidence;
  • Shares learning on successful implementation of these approaches;
  • Considers how different interventions are contributing the the programme’s systems change ambitions; and
  • Informs further evaluation activities.

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27 06, 2018

The need for change: Reflections from the newest member of the national evaluation team

By |2019-05-14T10:23:56+00:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s now six months since I joined the Fulfilling Lives national evaluation team. My background is in community and criminal justice research, so I have a degree of familiarity with the target group. I have evaluated initiatives to help re-engagement on release from prison, to provide pathways to education and ultimately employment, and to help with accommodation and independent living. Offenders often have chaotic lifestyles and multiple needs including experience of homelessness, alcohol and/or drug dependency, and/or mental health issues. You can often find childhood trauma, special educational needs or attachment issues as well. What struck me time and time again when listening to offenders and their workers tell me their stories was the lack of coherent support available to people who are in desperate […]

26 04, 2018

Latest Report from the Fulfilling Lives National Evaluation Published

By |2019-05-14T10:40:06+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: News, Project Evaluation|Tags: , , , , , , |

The latest national evaluation report on the Fulfilling Lives (Supporting People with Multiple Needs) programme, published today by CFE, shows continuing high demand for help. The 12 funded projects have successfully engaged with nearly 3,000 people affected by homelessness, substance misuse, offending and mental ill health.

Beneficiaries who remain with the programme show clear signs of progress, but this takes time and substantial resource. Project staff often need to spend extended periods of time with beneficiaries and have to be flexible to cope with chaotic lives. However some beneficiaries have needs for which they will always require support. What constitutes success varies from person to person and in many cases, success is about developing strategies, resilience and understanding to effectively manage their needs.

The report includes clear […]

20 03, 2017

Individuals with lived experience to present at national conference in May

By |2019-05-14T10:29:11+00:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

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.

http://www.homeless.org.uk/events/tackling-multiple-disadvantage

1 07, 2016

Fulfilling Lives Annual Report Published (2016)

By |2019-05-14T10:42:32+00:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: News|

CFE Research, working in partnership with the University of Sheffield, have published their latest report on the evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs’ programme.

Supporting those who are chronically excluded and disadvantaged – experiencing homelessness, mental ill health, substance misuse and reoffending – is a challenge that needs a different approach. The £112 million initiative is funding 12 projects across England to provide more person-centred and co-ordinated support.

Latest findings from the evaluation show that projects have made a good start in reaching those with greatest need. But continued effort is needed to reach ‘hidden’ and harder to reach groups such as women with multiple needs and people from Black and minority ethnic communities.

The initiative still has six years to […]

11 05, 2016

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis, is looking for examples of good practice

By |2019-05-14T10:36:33+00:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: News|

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis, is looking for examples of good practice in working with people with co-existing substance misuse and mental health issues, to inform an online ‘library’ for policy makers, commissioners, providers, academics, experts by experience and others to reference.

For anyone who is interested in either providing a case study of good practice or contributing to this work in general, please do get in touch with us at appg@turning-point.co.uk<mailto:appg@turning-point.co.uk> with the attached form.

They are also planning on conducting a short survey to ascertain the current strengths, risks and opportunities facing services supporting people with multiple complex needs so please do look out for this in the next few weeks.

Sent […]

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

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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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.

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