In Peterborough, we have had a MEAM partnership since 2019. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) was aware of the successful MEAM partnership in Cambridgeshire, and felt that a similar approach would benefit those who experiencing multiple disadvantages in Peterborough. The OPCC brought together funding partners in Cambridgeshire and identified funds that would allow the Counting Every Adult team to start work on a MEAM approach in Peterborough. In July 2019, an initial scoping workshop brought together key partners. A CEA coordinator was recruited and started in Peterborough in October 2019.
We have a strong partnership which is consists of a number of different organisations, including; drug and alcohol services, health services, police and probation services, social landlords, housing, adult social care and the DWP.
Delivering your intervention
Our Operational Group meets every six to eight weeks to review the caseload. The partnership also works together to identify system barriers by using the cohort to work through areas that require improvement or greater flexibility.
The coordinator works with a caseload of between 10-15 people, and works with them to identify the support that they want and how this can be achieved. The coordinator also works in partnership with other organisations to offer signposting and assistance where possible to people who aren’t on our caseload.
Sustainability and system change
The partnerships in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been offering flexible responses for some time. They are currently exploring with senior decision makers how these responses can become routine rather than exceptional.
Peterborough as a relatively new area are keen to involve the voices of experts by experience in shaping our work. We are partnering with the Service User Network (SUN), who are in the process of recruiting a co-production facilitator. Their role will be to enable the voices of those with lived experience to be heard.