PEOPLE with multiple and complex needs have met with MPs in Parliament to talk about the challenges they have faced and how supportive services should be shaped in the future.
Southport MP Damien Moore spent time talking to people with experience of disadvantage at the event earlier this month, which was organised by Fulfilling Lives, a £112 million programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund in 2014. The MPs signed a pledge to ‘see the full picture’ in an effort to help reduce stigma around multiple disadvantage, before talking in-depth with staff and expert citizens from Blackpool Fulfilling Lives, one of the programme’s delivery partnerships.
The event took place on the same day as the launch of See The Full Picture, a campaign to raise awareness of multiple disadvantage, which is defined by Fulfilling Lives as two or more of the following: homelessness, substance use, mental ill health and offending. The campaign will build up to Multiple Disadvantage Day on July 3, an awareness day to improve understanding of the issue among policy makers and the general public.
The Fulfilling Lives initiative is delivered via 12 partnerships across England over an eight year period, with the aim of making services and support for people with multiple disadvantage better connected, easier to access and tailored to the needs of individuals.
Mr Moore said: “Its was good to speak to people who experience multiple disadvantage and have faced real vulnerability in their lives. It’s so vital that MPs and policy makers are meeting people with proper lived experience - who we don’t get enough chances to speak to directly – and making sure our policies are fit for them.
“Through the National Lottery Community Fund, more than £936, 687 has been invested in Southport related projects in the last five-years, further supporting people who are facing multiple disadvantages such as homelessness, addiction and substance misuse, re-offending and mental health.”
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk