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 …

Bradley Report Group

Theresa Tainton

On 20th March the NECG were invited to the Royal College of Nurses to hear a review of the Bradley Report. Click here for more information. The Bradley Report is a report and list of recommendations looking at the criminal system and how it looks after offenders with mental health and learning difficulties from early intervention and first contact with police through to prison discharge and resettlement. Myself, Pete from Nottingham IF group and Sarah from CFE attended for the NECGRead 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.

Why women with multiple needs don’t engage with services

Colette Cronshaw is one of the founding members of Women’s Voices in Inspiring Change Manchester. Women’s Voices is a group of dynamic women with lived experience who want to speak out about their experiences and work to change women’s lives for the better. They come together to get stuff done in a way that supports and respect each other. They’ve had different experiences, come from different backgrounds and are at different stages of their journey but want other women to join them, supportRead More …

My Year as NECG Lead for Expert Citizens, Stoke

Theresa Tainton

From January 2016 to February 2017 I was the lead for Stoke for the National Expert Citizens Group. I attended five conferences in this period with different members of the Stoke group joining me. I’ve had a brilliant time seeing the different areas and made some good friends in the process. Being involved with the national experts I’ve had some fantastic opportunities the highlight of which was when I spoke at the CFE Evaluation conference about stigma and received aRead More …

Engaging The LGBT Community

lgbt complex needs

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 …

Developing actions together: reflections on a National Expert Citizens’ Group Workshop

National Expert Citizens Group UK

On Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November 2016 CFE facilitated a two day workshop for the National Expert Citizens’ Group (NECG). The NECG is a group of individuals with lived experience of multiple needs; the group is formed by representatives from each of the 12 funded Fulfilling Lives project areas. The Monday was a training and planning day for the experts by experience. The day focused on training delegates to chair meetings/events and facilitate workshops at events. It was anRead 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