Amazingly and beautifully, Southwark is a shortlisted area for the Changing Futures Programme, following a successful expression of interest to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in January. 

(Published 30 March 2021, Last updated: 31st March 2021

The Changing Futures programme aims to improve the systems that support people experiencing multiple disadvantage – which they define as a combination of at least 3 of the following: homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, domestic abuse and contact with the criminal justice system.

The next stage of the process involves developing a delivery plan by 6 May 2021Following this, up to 15 areas in England and Wales will be selected to receive a grant of between £1.5m and £4.5m to deliver projects over a 3-year period.

Southwark Council want to make an impact at an individual, service and system level, so it is essential that we work together across the local authority, NHS, police, probation, VCS and of course, with those who have lived experience of multiple disadvantage.

They want to hear from you if you work with people experiencing multiple disadvantages and you would like to get involved in developing this local delivery plan!

Southwark Council are keen to take a social justice lens to this work, recognising that people face multiple disadvantage because of systemic inequality. 

They acknowledge that some groups face particular exclusion and they recognise that they have lots to learn about coproduction, involving people with lived experience of MD, antiracism and dismantling systemic inequalities.

The team would love to learn from and listen to individuals and communities who are often excluded from decision making and who face additional challenges in obtaining holistic and preventative support. They want to better honour the rich knowledge and practices of communities themselves, in designing, delivering and evaluating interventions.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact [email protected] and fel[email protected] and let them know about your experience of supporting people facing multiple disadvantages.

Co-design workshops will take place w/c 5th and 12th April. Please get in touch to find out more.