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February 5th 2021

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

MEAM welcomes new Involvement and Inclusion Manager

We are pleased to welcome a new member to the Making Every Adult Member team. Anthony Pickup has joined us as Involvement and Inclusion Manager. Anthony will support both the MEAM coalition and local areas adopting the MEAM Approach framework to increase their involvement of people with lived experience and co-produce their work. 

Mental Health Act and Multiple Disadvantage

Earlier this month the Government published a White Paper on the Mental Health Act, proposing several changes to the legislation and the rights and care individuals are entitled to receive under it.

MEAM intends to provide a detailed response to the consultation, focusing on the key elements as they relate to multiple disadvantage. To do so, we would welcome responses to a short survey on your experiences under the current legislation.

If you are particularly interested in this issue and wish to find out more please contact our senior policy manager
Latest policy news

Drug treatment investment 

The Government has announced a £148 million investment to protect communities from crime caused by illegal drugs including £80 million for drug treatment and recovery services.

Prison leavers and accommodation

The Ministry of Justice has announced a £70 million investment in accommodation and wider support for prison leavers, including £20 million to help prison leavers at risk of homelessness into temporary accommodation for 12 weeks post release.  

DWP and HMPPS Partnership agreement

A new Local Partnership Agreement has been signed by the Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service to achieve the best possible outcome for offenders on leaving custody, setting out a steadfast commitment to working together and outlining shared objectives.

Alcohol related deaths 

Provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that deaths caused by alcohol hit a new high during the first 9 months of 2020

#My Time To Shine: The Virtual Gallery

Fulfilling Lives Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham have launched the new #My Time to Shine Gallery, showcasing a range of creative pieces submitted by people experiencing multiple disadvantage. 

Housing and health

St Mungo's has published the findings of new research into the health needs of people sleeping rough in England, their vulnerability to Covid-19, and the approach taken to address the health and housing needs of this group during the pandemic.

Women in or at risk of contact with the Criminal Justice System

A new cross government Concordat on Women in or at risk of contact with the Criminal Justice System has been announced. It sets out how Government and other partners should work together at national and local levels to identify and respond to the needs of women.

Localising decision making

The Local Government Association and NHS Clinical Commissioners have published a new guide; Localising decision making: a guide to support effective working across neighbourhood, place and system. It contains key prompts and actions for local leaders to promote strong localised decision making across health and local government.
Resources from the sector

Homeless Link updates

Homeless Link has announced a new project aimed at improving the homelessness offer for migrants with no recourse to public funds. They have also produced a new film for the refreshed Homeless Link Job Board with interviews from staff across a range of member organisations on why they work in the homelessness and supported housing sectors.  

Latest from Clinks

Clinks has written to Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment to request that people in prison and those who work with them are given priority vaccination against Covid-19. Will Downs, Clinks Policy Officer, has also produced a blog providing an update on what the prison regime now looks like after the implementation of national restrictions

News from Mind 

Mind has responded to the sad death of Captain Sir Tom Moore. A statement from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, acknowledges the spirit and hope for the future that has become embodied in the Captain Tom Foundation and that the foundation will be supporting Mind’s work to make sure that no one faces a mental health problem alone.

Collective Voice 

Oliver Standing, Director of Collective Voice, has published a blog outlining how The Black Review is a once in a generation opportunity to level up our treatment and recovery system
Learning Opportunities

Responding to poverty, trauma and multiple disadvantage

Revolving Doors Agency have compiled a collection of eight essays that explore how poverty, trauma and structural disadvantage create and perpetuate multiple disadvantage. To launch the collection, they are holding an online webinar on Thursday February 25th between 11am and 12.30pm. 

Survey of UK peer mentors

Russell Webster and Revolving Doors Agency are working together to co-produce a guide to enable organisations to provide the best support to service users working as volunteers. To take part in a survey click here.

Homelessness and migration conference, 17th March

Homeless Link are hosting a free online conference to equip homelessness services and commissioners with the information and tools they need to better support homeless migrants. The conference in on 17th March, 10-4.30pm.
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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