The importance of a gender informed approach to multiple needs

Amanda Greenwood, CEO of Lancashire Women’s Centres and her colleagues share their insights on the importance of a gender informed approach to multiple needs. At Lancashire Women’s Centres we work in partnership with other agencies in Blackburn to better coordinate services for people experiencing multiple needs through the MEAM Approach. The partnership recognised early on […]

Looking for learning: MEAM seeks an evaluation partner

The MEAM coalition is looking for an experienced and dedicated evaluation partner to work alongside us over the next five years.  Our director, Oliver Hilbery, explains more: People with multiple needs face a combination of problems including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. They fall through the gaps […]

“I am starting to feel like a human being again.”

Across the country, people experiencing multiple needs have benefited from services working better together. In this blog, Anne describes the support she’s received from the Cambridgeshire Chronically Excluded Adults service, which was developed using the MEAM Approach. I have a law degree and had a career in business. I worked and lived in London and never […]

A strong argument for putting Housing First

The Making Every Adult Matter coalition (Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind) has responded to Housing First: housing-led solutions to rough sleeping and homelessness, a new report from the Centre for Social Justice. As a key contributor to this report, we welcome its publication and recommendations. A range of responses are needed to end homelessness and […]

New funding improves support for the most vulnerable people in local communities

Big Lottery Fund - lottery funded

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition – formed of the national charities Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind – has today welcomed £2.78 million in new funding from the Big Lottery Fund to significantly expand support for people with multiple needs across England over the next five years. People with multiple needs face a combination […]

50 years since Cathy Come Come: why hasn’t more changed?

This week MEAM director Oliver Hilbery (@OllieHilbery) participated in a House of Commons event to mark the 50th anniversary of Ken Loach’s landmark film Cathy Come Home, speaking alongside the director and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP.  In this blog, based on his contribution to the debate, Ollie explores why many of the issues around […]

Parliament hears calls for a national strategy on multiple needs

This week, MEAM has called for cross-government action on multiple needs in Parliament. On Monday, we gave evidence to an inquiry into homelessness led by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. We are delighted that the Committee recognises the importance of tackling multiple needs and that they committed a whole session to exploring these […]

New research shows scale and complexity of destitution in the UK

Sam Thomas (@iamsamthomas) In an important report published today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides stark new evidence on the scale of destitution in the UK. Based on detailed research by colleagues at Heriot-Watt University, it reveals that 1.25 million individuals annually find themselves unable to afford the basic essentials they need to eat, keep clean […]

Spending Review lacks ambition on multiple needs

Introducing today’s Spending Review announcement, the Chancellor committed to “providing more support for those who are most vulnerable and in need of our help”. People with multiple needs clearly meet this definition, due to their overlapping experiences of homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. As both we and […]

Making the case for a new approach to multiple needs

Sam Thomas (@iamsamthomas) The Spending Review is the process by which Government decides how to allocate money to pay for services, welfare and other activities. Each department (for instance, the Department of Health) sets out what it needs, and the Treasury decides how funding will be allocated. This year, the departments are being asked to […]