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New National Drugs Strategy Released

At midnight last night the National Drugs Strategy was formally published by the government. The NECG were initially consulted on this strategy back in February 2016 (please see earlier posts). We have been notified by the Home Office that a representative will attend a future NECG meeting to feedback to the group, in the meantime the strategy is available to read: 2017 07 14 – 2017 Drug Strategy At the quarterly NECG meeting in Brighton on the 11th August 2017,Read More …

A Week in the life of a beneficiary ambassador – by Lee Orrell

As part of the APPG Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis call for evidence on Social Action, NECG member Lee Orrell wrote about his experience as a beneficiary ambassador at Opportunity Nottingham. There are four Ambassadors at Opportunity Nottingham, we all take a lead in different areas and specialities, which consist of, but are not limited to: women’s issues, BME, housing, offending, homelessness, mental health and substance misuse, but we interchange dependant on what is being asked of us at theRead More …

All Party Parliamentary Group Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis – Social Action

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is working with the Office for Civil Society looking for evidence around how social action (e.g. peer support, community-led initiatives, involving people with lived experience in service design) can drive better services for people with complex needs e.g. by improving outcomes, preventing crisis, reducing stigma or developing more responsive joined up services. In May 2017 the group put out for a ‘Call for Evidence’ on social action. As a central pillar of delivery acrossRead More …

How to engage individuals with multiple needs from BME communities

Experts from the NECG were surprised to find out how few individuals from BME backgrounds were engaging with services on the Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with Multiple Needs programme. Consequently, they undertook research to understand why BME communities weren’t engaging with services and what the programme was doing to engage the communities.

Engaging The LGBT Community

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In order to gain a perspective of severe and multiple disadvantage, from LGBT point of lived experience. We had to connect feedback from The Manchester LGBT Core Group, to members of The LGBT NECG Core Group. In Greater Manchester we have heard many experiences of LGBT asylum seekers. Who have come to the UK, fleeing persecution,imprisonment and death. Leaving behind every connection to who they are as a person, then having to prove they are LGBT, or face deportation. TheRead More …

Voices of Experience: Best Practice in Service User Involvement for Women Facing Multiple Disadvantage

On July 20th 2016, AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) held a seminar to explore the themes of best practice around service user involvement for women facing multiple disadvantage. The seminar provided an opportunity to explore existing models, best practice and to hear from experts by experience themselves. Two members of the NECG attended the seminar to provide evidence