Advice UK

AdviceUK is working with WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees, using the Vanguard Method to support system change in services working with women, especially young women and girls at risk of severe and multiple disadvantage.

AdviceUK is a network of some 800 organisations, whose members offer advice in social welfare law, particularly benefits, debt and housing.  Many AdviceUK members deliver advice alongside other community activities, and increasingly work with people with multiple and chronic needs.

AdviceUK has worked closely with Vanguard Consulting to learn about system failure that impacts on people’s advice needs and help commissioners re-think how they commission and measure advice services. The learning from this work has widened the organisation’s interest in severe and multiple disadvantage and the development of a ‘whole-person’ approach.

AdviceUK is supporting key staff and managers at WomenCentre to build a compelling system analysis, using quantitative and qualitative data, including the voices of the young women and girls to evidence:

  • The way that WomenCentre currently operates, its impact on women seeking its help, and the system conditions and underlying thinking that underpin current design;
  • The impact of current commissioning practice and reporting requirements on the centre’s capability to do what matters for local women and girls; and
  • The impact of the wider system of services on women and girls experiencing or at risk of severe and multiple disadvantage, and on WomenCentre’s effectiveness in supporting them.

We are working to engage local public sector partners to also learn about their systems from the perspective of women needing help, and their impact on severe and multiple disadvantage, in order to create the opportunity for deeper system change.
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