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Invite to new Multiple Disadvantage Action Group

9 Jan 2020 - 15:03 by michelle.foster

Inspiring Change ManchesterAt the Manchester Homelessness Partnership ‘Open Space’ meeting in October, it discussed the need for a new action group to focus on ‘multiple and complex needs’.

Inspiring Change Manchester was set up in 2014, funded by the National Lottery to focus specifically on this issue, which is now referred to as multiple disadvantage, as it places the onus on the barriers within systems, rather on the ‘complexity’ of the individual.

Complex, high risk, challenging, chaotic, difficult to engage, hard to reach – these words tend to be used to describe many people Inspiring Change Manchester works with. Usually however, the issues underpinning these behaviours and responses tend to reflect alienation and isolation from services and society, deep rooted trauma, layers of mental and physical health needs, and extreme poverty.

The Partnership would like to propose the launch of a new action group, centred around practical and action focused solutions to multiple disadvantages. The Partnership believe that developing a strong multi-agency partnership, centred around a No Wrong Door approach (addressing Access, Practice, Information and Expertise) is the best route to developing a shared strategy which supports people facing multiple disadvantages.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 February 2020, where the plan moving forward will be agreed, the No Wrong Door approach and network structure will be outlined, and a space for co-designing the objectives will be created. The venue is to be confirmed depending on numbers.

The meetings are planned to be help every eight weeks, until November: 24 March, 19 May, 14 July, 8 September, 3 November.

To confirm your attendance at the first meeting on 4 February, email: icm@shelter.org.uk

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