Working together to tackle multiple disadvantage

People facing multiple disadvantage experience a combination of problems including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. They fall through the gaps between services and systems, making it harder for them to address their problems and lead fulfilling lives.

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Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of national charities – Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and associate member Collective Voice. Together MEAM represents over 1,300 frontline organisations across England.

Working together we support local areas across the country to develop effective, coordinated services that directly improve the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage.

We use our shared knowledge and practical experience from this work to influence policy at the national and local level.

The MEAM Approach Partnership, coproduction and vision Consistency in selecting a caseload Coordination for clients and services Flexible responses from services Service improvement and workforce development Measurement of success Sustainability and systems change
Partnership, coproduction and vision
Consistency in selecting a caseload
Coordination for clients and services
Flexible responses from services
Service improvement and workforce development
Measurement of success
Sustainability and systems change

The MEAM Approach

The MEAM Approach helps local areas design and deliver better coordinated services for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. It’s currently being used by partnerships of statutory and voluntary agencies in 21 local areas across England.

Latest Publications

Jumping Through Hoops

Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?

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Tackling Multiple Disadvantage Nationwide

Download the strategy for the MEAM coalition 2018–2022

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