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April 30th 2020

A warm welcome to Multiple Disadvantage Matters, the newsletter from the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition.

During this unprecedented time, we're keeping you up to date with the latest policy changes, hearing about how you are responding locally, and learning more about how we can best support you at this time.

Ask the Network Series 

MEAM is producing a series of recordings and blogs focused on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19.

This week, we spoke to Andy Ryan from Changing Lives about emergency support and provision for people facing substance misuse. 

We also spoke to Bruno Ornelas from Voices of Stoke to learn more about the changes to the Care Act. 

Visit the Ask the Network page to access all the recordings.
Latest policy news - COVID-19

New guidance for social landlords

The government has published new guidance for social landlords in England around essential moves during the pandemic. It sets out when and how transfers into properties should take place.

Testing eligibility widens

The government expanded testing eligibility criteria this week for COVID-19. It now includes all people over 65 and people whose work cannot be done at home who are symptomatic. It continues to include all key workers.

Increase in domestic abuse reported

According to reports domestic abuse incidents have jumped during the lockdown period. Calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline have increased by 49%.

Temporary prison release

The Ministry of Justice has published a policy paper on End of Custody Temporary Release, setting out the eligibility criteria and process for early release. They also released an assessment of the impact of various population management strategies implemented in prisons in response to the pandemic
COVID-19 Resources from the sector

Latest from Clinks

Clinks have published a blog looking at the impact of COVID-19 on member organisations. Many report reduced service provision and difficulties in applying for financial support.

Homeless Link Updates

Jo Prestige, Housing First England Project Manager, writes about how we can take a trauma-informed approach to our COVID-19 response.

Mind online resources

Mind, alongside others, launched Our Frontline, a combination of 1-2-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure

Collective Voice newsletter

Collective Voice has launched a new newsletter which you can subscribe to here.

Caught in the Act

Shelter have published a report, Caught in the Act, which looks at the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act and its effectiveness.
Funding opportunities

Civil Society 

Civil Society has collated a list of some of the funding being made available for charities during the COVID-19 emergency.

Charity Excellence Framework

CEF have created a free Covid-19 searchable funder database along with assessment and toolkits.
Learning Opportunities

FEANTSA morning bites webinar

FEANTSA will be holding short webinars on Wednesday mornings at 9am related to ongoing practice development and learning.

Homeless Link webinars

Homeless Link are holding weekly webinars on Wednesdays to keep the sector updated. This week focused on what a transition from the crisis response could look like.
And finally

Some Poetry

Anne, an expert by experience, who supports our national policy work and local co-production work in Cambridge has written a poem about lockdown, "My Lawnmower".
Keeping you up to date at this time
Our priority in this difficult period remains people facing multiple disadvantage and the people who support them. If you have any questions, comments or issues you would like to raise, please contact any member of the MEAM team.  

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