Fulfilling lives

The National Lottery Community Fund has invested up to £112 million, for up to eight years to support people with multiple needs – people who are experiencing combinations of: homelessness, reoffending, problematic substance misuse and mental ill health.

The Community Fund’s investment will support people in 12 areas, one of which is Stoke-on-Trent. These areas will bring different organisations and services together to offer them one co-ordinated support service that meets all their needs. In each of the 12 areas, people with multiple needs are central to the plans – their development and delivery.

As well as helping thousands of people, the funding will give organisations the chance to showcase and evidence more effective and efficient ways of designing, commissioning and delivering support services moving into the future.

For further information you can visit The National Lottery Community Fund website here https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

“A principle of any effective service is that it works effectively for those it is designed to help.  Those with a lived experience bring a unique perspective. Expert Citizens organising and articulating their views challenges the pervasive oppressive attitudes and stereotypes which underpin a lack of care and concern for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Unless their perspective informs service design we will simply continue to waste money and resources investing in services that don’t work whilst perpetuating human misery.”

GILL BROWN, BA(HONS) D.UNIV