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December 9th 2020

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

MEAM is recruiting

The MEAM Coalition is seeking a Partnerships Manager for the Midlands region. We encourage people within the national MEAM Approach network to apply and secondments will be considered. The successful candidate will have experience of working in, or commissioning services that support people facing multiple disadvantage. They will understand why current approaches to service and system design often fail to help people most in need, be able to take a system-wide view on complex problems and to demonstrate how your experience will be used to provide practical and engaging support to local areas. Closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 8th January 2021.

Learning hub: Navigating a Pandemic

On 4th November, coordinators and navigators from across the national MEAM Approach network came together for our national learning hub, Navigating a Pandemic. The afternoon provided space for delegates to share their experiences over the last year and to acknowledge the importance of looking after their own wellbeing during the pandemic. Laura Greason, MEAM Policy and Practice Manager has published a short blog outlining the experiences of frontline staff across the network.
Latest policy news - COVID-19

How Covid-19 improved services for people experiencing multiple disadvantage

The National Expert Citizens' Group (NECG) has published a new report Flipped, turned upside down: How Covid-19 improved services for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. The NECGs research found that certain services had changed in ways that were previously thought impossible and become more accessible for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

Comprehensive Spending Review

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 to Parliament on 25th November with announcements across health and social care, housing and homelessness and criminal justice

Lessons learnt from councils' response to rough sleeping

The Local Government Association has published a new report, Lessons learnt from councils' response to rough sleeping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report argues that the success of 'Everyone In' demonstrates that, given the mandate and funding, councils, working with their partners, have the means to support and house the vast majority of people rough sleeping. 

Substance misuse treatment statistics

Public Health England has published its adult substance misuse treatment statistics for 2019 to 2020. Russell Webster has published a useful blog summarising key findings. 

Mental health charities call for historic commitment to mental health

Eighteen mental health charities have published an open letter to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, calling for a historic commitment to mental health in England's new public health strategy.

Exploring substance use in prisons 

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has published a paper exploring substance use in prisons. The report calls for greater understanding of why people take drugs and recommends that HMPPS provides leadership to develop a rehabilitative culture in prison, with greater provision of purposeful activity and access to psychological treatment. 

Mental Health for All?

The Centre for Mental Health has published the final report of the two-year Commission for Equality in Mental Health. The report finds that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing health inequalities, often with tragic consequences. But it also gives society a chance to rebuild with a clear view to mental health equality.

Minority ethnic prisoners experiences of rehabilitation and release planning

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report on the experiences of black and minority ethnic people in prison, their rehabilitation and release planning.  The report recommends that HM Prison and Probation Service supports the development of culturally sensitive services, recognising the importance of identity.
COVID-19 Resources from the sector

Homeless Link updates

Homeless Link has published its response to the Comprehensive Spending Review. It has also published a new research briefing, A double risk - Covid-19 and severe weather.

Latest from Clinks

Clinks has submitted evidence to the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee inquiry on life beyond Covid-19. It has also submitted evidence to the Joint Human Rights Committee inquiry on black people, racism and human rights focusing on the institutional racism faced by black people in contact with the criminal justice system.

News from Mind 

Mind has published its response to the Comprehensive Spending Review as well as publishing a statement welcoming additional support this winter for people with mental health problems.

Collective Voice 

Collective Voice has joined the Inequalities in Health Alliance, joining its call for a cross-government strategy on health inequalities, emphasising that all parts of government and public services need to adopt reducing health inequality as a priority. 
Learning Opportunities

Homelessness in 2020 - A showcase of our sector's contributions, 10th December

Homeless Link is hosting a free online ceremony on 10th December, 4-5.30pm to reflect on the last nine months and celebrate the contribution of the homelessness and supported housing sectors to supporting people during the pandemic.
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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