The Fulfilling Lives programme – an eight-year programme with an investment of £112 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, provides intensive and tailored support to people with multiple and complex needs, helping the most vulnerable and hard to reach. It also works alongside people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage to make services better connected and easier to access.
This Big Lottery Fund investment supports change for people in 12 areas of England. Brighton Fulfilling Lives is part of the South East Fulfilling Lives partnership, which is led by Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), with partners Equinox and Oasis Project. Equinox’s aim of the service is to evidence more effective and efficient ways for designing, commissioning and delivering support services in the future. This is done through both one-to-one specialist work with people with multiple and complex needs and by gathering feedback from service user groups, both internally and externally.
First ever Multiple Disadvantage Day to be held on Wednesday 3rd July 2019
To mark the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day on Wednesday 3rd July, a ‘living library’ will take place in Brighton’s Jubilee Library. Members of the public can hear the stories of Fulfilling Lives staff and volunteers with experience of multiple disadvantage including mental ill health, addictions, domestic abuse, homelessness and prison.
Multiple Disadvantage Day aims to reduce the stigma experienced by some of the most disadvantaged and forgotten about people in our society. A series of coordinated events will be held across England on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 to mark the day and promote the #seethefullpicture campaign.
The Project Lead for the Fulfilling Lives South East partnership, Jo Rogers, said: “People facing complex needs frequently experience stigma and discrimination. The severity and complexity of a person’s problems means they are often turned away from the very services that are set up to help them…through launching Multiple Disadvantage Day, the national Fulfilling Lives Programme is asking for change. Change in public perception. Change in the way systems and services work. And most importantly, positive change for people facing Multiple Disadvantage”.
To find out more about the campaign and events being held on Wednesday 3 rd July, as well as to read true stories from clients who have been helped by the Fulfilling Lives programme, please visit www.multipledisadvantageday.org