Become a MEAM Approach area

The MEAM coalition currently works with 27 local areas across England that are designing and delivering better coordinated services for people with multiple needs. Fifteen of these areas are using the MEAM Approach, while twelve are part of the Fulfilling Lives programme.

National Lottery FundedThanks to a major new strategic investment from the Big Lottery Fund, the MEAM coalition is now developing a new programme of work which will:

  • Significantly expand the number of MEAM Approach areas
  • Bring together data from MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas to make a stronger case to government about the impact of local interventions for people with multiple needs
  • Share good practice across the MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives networks
  • Ensure that more individuals are empowered to tackle their problems, reach their full potential and contribute to their communities

We are now looking for 25 local areas to become part of the new MEAM Approach cohort. Each successful area will:

  • Receive “critical friend” support from MEAM staff (based regionally in Homeless Link, Clinks and Mind) as it develops its coordinated intervention
  • Contribute data to a programme-wide evaluation to evidence the impact of coordinated interventions, both locally and nationally
  • Benefit from shared learning hubs and networks, regionally and nationally, and engagement with the MEAM policy team
  • Improve local outcomes for people with multiple needs and develop the systemic changes that are needed to make these sustainable

To be eligible to apply, local areas must be able to:

  • Fund an intervention for the next three years
  • Provide data for the national evaluation for the same period
  • Fully involve people with lived experience of multiple needs in the design and implementation of their interventions (coproduction)
  • Consider diversity and equality when identifying the cohort of people with which they wish to work
  • Agree to the standard terms and conditions of MEAM and the Big Lottery Fund (these terms will be made available to shortlisted applicants)

If your area is moving towards coordinated interventions for people with multiple needs, has started to build a cross-sector partnership and is able to pool money to self-fund an intervention, then we encourage you to apply for support from the MEAM coalition.

To apply, download and complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Applications close at 5pm on 31st July 2017.

We ask that shortlisted areas be available for interviews (in your locality) in the first two weeks of September.

Please note that as the MEAM Approach is focused on area-wide interventions, existing Fulfilling Lives areas are not eligible to apply and we would not expect to see multiple applications from any local area.

“Introduction to the MEAM Approach” events

If you would like more information on the MEAM Approach and to meet the team, we are hosting a series of regional events across the country in the coming weeks. Please click on the links below to book a place.

28th June, a.m, Durham, 9:30 – 12:00, Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SW

29th June, p.m. Birmingham, 13:00 – 15:30, The Library of Birmingham, Meeting Room 1, Centenary Square, B1 2ND

30th June, a.m. Nottingham, 9:30 – 12:00, Nottingham Central Library, NG1 6HP

3rd July p.m. London, 14:00 – 16:30, Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Road, NW1 7HE

4th July, p.m. Bournemouth, 10:00 – 15:00, (Forming part of the Local Criminal Justice Forum), Kinson’s Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millhams Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 7LH

6th July, p.m. Preston, 13:30 – 16:00, University of Central Lancashire

Please contact Local Networks Manager, Tassie Weaver, on 07507055509 if you would like to discuss any of the above.