Priorities in Mental Health

On the 1st February three NECG members attended the Westminster Social Policy Forum event on ‘Priorities in Mental Health’. The Forum had a number of high profile speakers discussing the governmental funding and commitments to improving Mental Health. In addition a number of speakers discussed the need to address mental health needs across society from prenatal care for mothers to young adults to multiple needs to veterans of armed services and finally the elderly. Whilst the event was informative andRead More …

National Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Throughout January a number of women from the NECG and a few front line staff members from some of the Fulfilling Lives projects, were interviewed to provide information for a call for evidence on Domestic & Sexual Violence and how this interacts with multiple needs. A couple of the women involved in this research have provided their views on domestic abuse and their experience of being involved in the project. Their blogs are provided below. Mero Hassan, Every Step ofRead More …

House of Lords: People Powered Recovery

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs invited network members to attend the launch of the People Powered Recovery report on the 22nd January 2018. This report is the summation of evidence collected by the APPG on Social Action – something that the NECG and Fulfilling Lives projects contributed to. A copy of our initial evidence submission can be found here: APPG Social Action v1.0. Robert Eagle, Beneficiary Ambassador at Opportunity Nottingham, was originally involved inRead More …

Next Steps for Tackling Homelessness: Resources, Policy Priorities and Challenges for Implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act

On the 18th January three members of the NECG attend the Westminster Social Policy Forum event on ‘Next Steps for Tackling Homelessness’. This event occurred following the creation of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel (which has a target of eliminating rough sleeping by 2027). The range of speakers provided information on how local authorities can meet new statutory duties from April 2018 and actions needed to address the National Audit Office concerns that there are gaps in the Government’sRead More …

Resources on Co-Production and Lived Experience

The Clinks Service User Involvement Managers’ Network has recently circulated a number of useful resources on co-production and lived experience. Please see below to access these. The value of lived experience in social change Recommended by Tom Lawson, CEO of Leap Confronting Conflict, at our recent event on involving service users in governance, this research report by Baljeet Sandhu examines how the UK social sector values and cultivates the work of people with lived experience in leading social change. ItRead More …

NECG: Positive Changes Conference

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On Friday 13th October the NECG held their first ever national conference in London. The day was a celebration of the work individuals with lived experience had achieved in the design and delivery of services across the Fulfilling Lives (Multiple Needs) programme. Following the event we created a report which details the content of every session, feedback from delegates and reflections of their experiences from group members. The report includes many links to videos created by group members to illustrate coreRead More …

NECG Response to RR3 consultation on substance misuse services in the criminal justice system

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On the 11th October two NECG members attended the RR3 roundtable on substance misuse services in the criminal justice system (please refer to earlier post). On the 7th December the quarterly NECG meeting decided to respond to the same consultation en-masse.  As a result individuals with lived experience from the 12 Fulfilling Lives areas were able to contribute to this important consultation. The response submitted to the Clinks can be found here: RR3 Response V0.1. Update 5th January: Clinks haveRead More …

Criminal Justice Forum & How to make social investment work for you

On the 6th December 4 NECG members attended an event hosted by Clinks in Manchester. The day was split into two – in the morning the focus was on the Criminal Justice Forum. This provided an array of speakers who talked about how organisations can engage and work better with police and crime commissioners. In the afternoon the event focused on examples of using Social Investment funding to help individuals with lived experience of offending get back into employment. TheRead More …

Being the Story

Being the Story is a one day event delivered by sounddelivery. The day hosts a collection of inspirational speakers who have experienced trauma or difficulties in their lives and used that experience to provide positive outcomes either for themselves or others. The day provides NECG members with an opportunity to observe different ways to deliver their personal stories in order to create positive impacts and change – this can be through storytelling, song, poetry, art, photography or any manner of creativeRead More …

Addressing key crime trends and improving police performance

On the 19th October two members of the NECG, accompanied by the group facilitator, attended the Policy Forum for London’s event on Crime and Policing in London – next steps for crime prevention, addressing key crime trends and improving police performance. The event had a number of high profile speakers presenting on a cross-section of crime and policing subjects, however those most relevant to the NECG were those outlining the policy and strategy background: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for PolicingRead More …