On Tuesday 4th June, Sir David Amess MP spent time talking to people with lived experience of facing multiple and complex needs at a parliamentary event organised by Fulfilling Lives - a £112 million programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund in 2014.
MPs signed a pledge to #SeeTheFullPicture and reduce stigma around people experiencing multiple disadvantages.The event took place on the same day as the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of multiple disadvantage, which is defined by Fulfilling Lives as two or more of the following: homelessness, substance use, mental ill health and offending.
Sir David said “It was really insightful to speak to people who experience multiple disadvantage and have faced real vulnerability in their lives. It’s so vital that MPs and policy makers are meeting people with proper lived experience - who we don’t get enough chances to speak to directly – and making sure our policies are fit for them.”
“Through the National Lottery Community Fund over £700,000 has been invested in 22 projects across Southend West that support people who are facing multiple disadvantages such as homelessness, addiction and substance misuse, reoffending and mental health.”
The Fulfilling Lives initiative is delivered via 12 partnerships across England over an eight year period, with the aim of making services and support for people with multiple disadvantage better connected, easier to access and tailored to the needs of individuals.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk