Over the last few months, we have been sharing several reports that expand our understanding of severe and multiple disadvantage – in different places and contexts – as a series called ‘Connected.’

This work builds on Hard Edges, published in 2015 with Heriot-Watt University. It was the first statistical profile of severe and multiple disadvantage and showed that there were 58,000 people in England in simultaneous contact with homelessness, substance misuse and criminal justice services. This has been influential in drawing attention to the ways in which social harms reinforce one another and cluster around many of the same people, and we are keen to take this analysis further forward and consider more perspectives which both broaden and deepen the scope of our conversations.

Recently we have published:

Gender Matters – a new profile highlighting the gendered nature of social harm

People not Problems – politicians respond to five different experiences of severe and multiple disadvantage

Culture, Connection and Belonging – a study of addiction and recovery in Nottingham’s BAME community

Telling a different story – understanding news media coverage of severe and multiple disadvantage

And we will shortly be releasing:

– LGBT experiences of severe and multiple disadvantage.

Rather than being competing analyses, we want to consider their findings and implications together, as part of an interconnected whole. When all the reports have been published, we will be launching a small grants programme for people, organisations and communities to lead conversations in their local areas about the implications of the new work. Keep an eye on this page for more information.