Working together to tackle multiple needs

Monday, 10 April 2017 - 1:22pm

People facing multiple disadvantage have been pushed to the extreme margins of UK society. 

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The links between problems like homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence, contact with the criminal justice system, domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time.

Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers, each with different skills and expertise and all committed to achieving change.

On the 8th and 9th May 2017, we will gather again in Milton Keynes, this time also inviting researchers to join the mix. Working together, we will assess progress, inspire and challenge each other, and discuss the next steps in tackling multiple disadvantage.

The programme

Over two days, 30+ workshops will be led and shaped by delegates, alongside four key plenary sessions. On the final afternoon, we will explore what this means for how we move forward together. The event programme is now available to view online and there will be plenty of choice for all attendees. Key themes include:

  • Drawing expertise from lived experience
  • Achieving systems change
  • Understanding and responding to diversity
  • Fostering partnership and collaborations to achieve change


All tickets are subsidised due to the support of our funders and cost just £75 for a day place or £200 for the two days including meals and accommodation.

We want to ensure a good mix of expertise and so we will be allocating set amounts of tickets to different sectors. Please choose the sector closest to your interest. We hope to see you at the Summit next month. Book your space online now to avoid disappointment.

This event has been jointly organised by Big Lottery Fund, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Lankelly Chase, the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) charities (Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and Collective Voice) and Revolving Doors Agency.