Engaging in social action: views from the APPG on complex needs and dual diagnosis

How can people experiencing multiple needs and the organisations that support them take part in social action? David McCormack, Engagement and Co-production Worker at Fulfilling Lives Newcastle and Gateshead and Nicola Drinkwater, Senior Policy Officer at Clinks reflect on a recent opportunity to explore these issues as part of an oral evidence session held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis.

Social justice for all must start with the most excluded

For many people experiencing multiple needs, moving towards work is an important ambition. Our policy manager Sam Thomas spoke at an event this week on why achieving social justice demands we focus on those with the furthest to travel. In this blog he explores some of the issues that came up in the debate.

Addressing multiple needs in the NHS: an opportunity to influence

NHS England have recently published several important papers setting out the things they expect every local healthcare trust to do over the next two years, and how they are going to support these ambitions. In this blog, Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365), a consultant to the Making Every Adult Matter coalition on substance misuse issues, provides some background.

Walking the Frontline: a short film

Since the summer, visitors to Birmingham’s Centre for Voluntary Action (home to BVSC) have had a chance to explore Walking the Frontline, an exhibition sharing the ideas and perspectives of people with multiple needs and those who support them. Our new video takes you inside the exhibition.

Ministerial responsibilities in the new Government around multiple needs

In July Theresa May appointed her new Cabinet. In her first public statement as Prime Minister, she signalled that she will place issues of social justice at the centre of the new government’s policy programme.

We have produced a short briefing that sets out the Ministerial positions that we think are likely to have the most significant responsibilities affecting people with multiple needs.