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

Home Office asks National Expert Citizen Group for user experience in National Drug Strategy

I am part of the National Expert Citizens Group (NECG). This is a group which draws people from all twelve Fulfilling Lives areas together to learn and try to influence on issues which are important to us. We all bring our own skills and expertise but the one thing that we have in common is that we all have lived experience of multiple needs. On Friday 29th January we came together in Stoke-on-Trent to meet with Home Office representatives andRead More …

Welcome to the NECG UK website

In just three years, NECG has made more than a splash in terms of getting the voice of people with lived experience of multiple complex needs heard. As a national voice for 12 regional groups, the Comms committee decided to push for a website where we could publish news and views about multiple complex needs across addiction, homelessness, mental health and offending behaviour. Today, we’re proud to launch that site. Our website has been visioned, planned and created by peopleRead More …