Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind formed to improve policy and services for people facing multiple needs. Together the charities represent over 1,300 frontline organisations and have an interest in the criminal justice, substance misuse, homelessness and mental health sectors.
There are an estimated 60,000 people with multiple needs and exclusions living in communities throughout Britain. They experience a combination of problems including mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, offending and family breakdown. They have ineffective access to services, and live chaotic lives.
For all these reasons, such individuals are often invisible to the politicians, civil servants and commissioners who make decisions on their behalf. At a time when the services they use and the benefits many of them depend on are changing beyond recognition, it’s never been more important that their voices are heard and acted on.
Lankelly Chase is funding Voices from the Frontline, a MEAM initiative working directly with people experiencing multiple needs, and the practitioners who support them every day. Through workshops, interviews and survey research, it is capturing their experiences and views, and helping them explore how policy could better address the issues they identify.
This work is delivered by a policy team embedded across Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind. The team is also responsible for co-ordinating wider policy work on multiple needs across the coalition, working closely with policy directors at each organisation to make the most of their respective expertise, influence and memberships.
Voices from the Frontline is the focal point of this work, providing a mirror to government on its progress on these issues, and raising the priority of multiple needs on the national agenda.
Fore more information: www.meam.org.uk