On 12 February 2014 the Big Lottery confirmed that it was investing almost £10m in Birmingham Changing Futures Together, a new project to support adults with multiple and complex needs.
The project focuses on homelessness, addiction and substance misuse, risk of reoffending, and mental ill health — frequent and often inter-linked problems for this group.
Research suggests that there are at least 1,300 people with multiple and complex needs in Birmingham. It is thought that the actual figure could be substantially higher than this.
The aim of the project is to achieve long-term service and system change in the services that support those with multiple needs, and to work with others in the field, including statutory services, to ensure that this change becomes ‘mainstreamed’.
The core partnership consists of fourteen organisations involved in one or more of the service areas relating to multiple needs, but over 250 individuals from more than 120 organisations were involved at various times in the bid development process, along with dozens of service-users.
Many service users have gained unique insights into the limitations and failures of current services and these ‘experts by experience’ will be trained and supported so that they can a continuing involvement in every aspect of the project’s delivery and decision-making.
The lead agent for the Birmingham partnership is BVSC.
The immense labour involved in winning these large-scale Big Lottery programmes sometimes gets forgotten. The process now culminating in the official launch of Birmingham Changing Futures Together on the 19th June 2015 at The Studio, Cannon St, Birmingham, actually began in the early part of 2012.
You can book for the launch event here.
You can contact the Birmingham Changing Futures Together project team at BVSC on 0121 678 8866 or send mail.