People involved in Voices from the Frontline came to Westminster on Monday to meet with MPs and Peers and ask them to help improve support for people experiencing multiple needs.
Today we publish a new report based on work we’ve been doing with people across the country since the start of the year.
Solutions from the Frontline is based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs and those who support them.
It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policy makers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services, and support people to achieve their ambitions.
In this blog, one of the authors of Solutions from the Frontline, Nicola Drinkwater from Clinks, explains how we approached producing the report.
Last Wednesday, a number of participants in Voices from the Frontline traveled to the Multiple Needs Summit in London. Over the last few months, all of them have been involved in a conversation about what the next government should do to improve support for people with multiple needs.
A big part of this conversation has been about how to explain the issues affecting them so that politicians and policymakers can understand and will listen. For that reason, we held a joint workshop with Opportunity Nottingham (an organisation improving services for people with complex needs in the city) to explore this.
One thing was clear: there’s a huge amount of knowledge out there about how to put the case across. Read on for some of the best tips that people had.
Later this year, the UK will elect new leaders. Whatever their politics, we want to make sure that multiple needs is high on their agenda. Today we’re publishing a toolkit to help you start a conversation in your service, organisation or community.
Yesterday afternoon Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, met with some of the people who’ve been involved in Voices from the Frontline.
At our launch event on November 24, we brought together people with experience of complex needs – such as problems with substance misuse, mental health, homelessness or offending – and practitioners, policymakers and politicians in Westminster.
Our launch generated a lot of discussion on Twitter. Here’s a Storify with just some of the contributions. [View the story “Voices from the Frontline launches in Westminster” on Storify] You can join the discussion by following @MEAMCoalition and using the hashtag #vftf.
Our launch publication explores the experiences of people with complex needs and the frontline staff who are working with them. It draws on in-depth conversations with over 50 people and survey research with 140 services across the country. It calls for politicians and civil servants to involve those with complex problems in shaping future policy […]