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Charities awarded £2.8m to help adults facing multiple social issues

Charities awarded £2.8m to help adults facing multiple social issues

Three charities for adults dealing with homelessness, substance misuse, the criminal justice system and mental illness have received £2.8m to support more people over the next five years
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Three charities for adults dealing with homelessness, substance misuse, the criminal justice system and mental illness have received £2.8m to support more people over the next five years.

The money from the Big Lottery Fund will help charities Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind grow the number of areas they support and share good practice between them.

The extra funding will also enable the charities to collect data to make a strong case to government about the impact of local interventions for people with multiple needs.

Working together, the charities support local areas across England to develop a coordinated approach to people with multiple needs that can increase wellbeing and reduce costs to public services.

Collectively, the charities are known as the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition.

Oliver Hilbery, director of the coalition, said she is ‘delighted’ to be working with the Big Lottery Fund.

She said: ‘For too long, people with multiple needs have received a poor response from local services that are designed to deal with one problem at a time.

‘We are committed to working with local areas and with government at all levels to change that for good.’

James Harcourt, Big Lottery Fund deputy director of responsive programmes, added: ‘Through their previous work with the Fulfilling Lives programme and their own network of MEAM Approach areas they have shown themselves to be committed to changing the way that people with multiple needs are supported in local areas.

‘This new funding will allow us to bring together the two networks and reach even more people.’

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