Calderdale became a MEAM Approach area in May 2020.
Getting started – partnership, co-production and defining the problem
Calderdale have benefited from being a part of the West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WYFI) Fulfilling Lives programme. As the project concluded in 2020 a broader partnership base, including mental health and probation services, emerged with stakeholders realising the benefits and wanting to continue this momentum by joining the MEAM Approach Network.
Calderdale recently reviewed the deaths of 5 men living street based lifestyles during 2018/19 which reinforced the need to develop responses to multiple disadvantage, acknowledging the impact of trauma, and to review the systems and workforce skills accordingly.
Designing your intervention
A Strategic Steering Group has formed to drive the work, starting with initial discussions around partnership development, establishing a cohort, coproduction and referral processes. Operational work is being developed through the already established Task and Target meetings.
Partners agree there is the need for coordinated change at an operational level. The creation of the Rough Sleeper Navigator post, which sits within Calderdale Council, has supported a range of partners to coordinate better, building stronger relationships and allowing for more innovative joint working to address shared issues. This has started to create timelier and better supported interventions leading to more sustainable outcomes.
As part of adopting the MEAM approach, the group would consult with and involve people that use the services and their families, to co-produce a model based on peer feedback. This work would be undertaken via existing groups and forums in Calderdale.
Sustainability and System Change
The long term aim is to create, sustainable improvements across the local system in Calderdale through better coordinated services and interventions which are supported by a strong strategic partnership which include experts by experience.