Tackling multiple disadvantage: national summit


Combining lived experience, research, policy and practice.

People facing multiple disadvantage have been pushed to the extreme margins of UK society. The links between problems like homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence, contact with the criminal justice system, domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time.

Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers, each with different skills and expertise and all committed to achieving change.

On the 8 and 9 May 2017 we will gather again in Milton Keynes, this time also inviting researchers to join the mix. Working together we will assess progress, inspire and challenge each other, and discuss the next steps in tackling multiple disadvantage.

This isn’t a standard conference. Over two days a series of workshops will be led and shaped by delegates under 4 key themes. On the final afternoon we will explore what this means for how we move forward together.

Help shape the event programme

We are inviting registered delegates who would like to run a workshop or present a paper to propose one using this workshop submission form. The workshop programme will then be agreed and will be available online in February. We are particularly looking for workshops that are delivered in partnership to help draw links, cross boundaries and demonstrate collaborations between individuals with lived experience, researchers, commissioners, practitioners and policy makers. If required we are happy to help bring organisations together to deliver a joint workshop. Each one must fall under one of these broad themes:

  • Drawing expertise from lived experience
  • Achieving systems change
  • Understanding and responding to diversity
  • Fostering partnership and collaborations to achieve change


All tickets are subsidised due to the support of our funders and cost just £75 for a day place or £200 for the two days including meals and accommodation.

We want to ensure a good mix of expertise and so we will be allocating set amounts of tickets to different sectors. Please choose the sector closest to your interest. Book your space online now to avoid disappointment.


DoubleTree by Hilton
Stadium Way West
Milton Keynes

The hotel is located in the centre of Milton Keynes, within very easy access of the A5 and M1. Milton Keynes train station is also a short taxi ride away, with direct links to UK wide towns and cities.

Event partners

This event has been jointly organised by Big Lottery Fund, CalousteGulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Lankelly Chase, the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) charities (Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and Collective Voice) and Revolving Doors Agency.

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