Over the last five years, we piloted and developed the MEAM Approach, a framework to help local areas coordinate services for people with multiple needs. The MEAM Approach is currently being used by 15 local areas across England.
A team of experienced regional staff within Homeless Link, Clinks and Mind provides each MEAM Approach area with ‘critical friend’ support. This helps local areas to use the MEAM Approach and to design and deliver new interventions that improve outcomes for the most excluded individuals in their locality.
From April 2017, the Big Lottery Fund is making a major strategic investment in our work over the next five years. As part of this new programme we will be developing a new cohort of 25 MEAM Approach areas.
These areas will receive support from MEAM and be involved in a national evaluation that will help them measure their impact over the five year period. Local areas will still need to fund the interventions that they develop themselves, but the support from MEAM and the evaluation activity will be free of charge.
If your area has been thinking about this challenge and is ready to take the journey towards better coordinated interventions and better outcomes for this group then we want to hear from you!
In March we will be launching an application process for areas wanting to become part of this new network. We are currently inviting any area that is interested in applying to register their interest with us now using the form below. We will then contact you when the formal application process opens.