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Tackling Multiple Disadvantage: 2nd National Summit

Tackling Multiple Disadvantage: 2nd National Summit

MEAM Coalition Event: Combining lived experience, research, policy and practice
May 8, 2017 - 10:00am to May 9, 2017 - 4:30pm
Double Tree Hilton, Milton Keynes


**Event programme has been announced - please click on the programme tab above**

People facing multiple disadvantage have been pushed to the extreme margins of UK society. The issues surrounding homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, violence, contact with the Criminal Justice System, domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time.

Many of Clinks' members work alongside people with multiple disadvantage. At our Annual Conference last November we came together to share best practice and hear about innovative services amongst the members, this conference presents an amazing opportunity to collaborate with our partners and promote the work we do.

Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers; each with different skills and expertise, all committed to achieving change.

Working together we will assess progress, inspire and challenge each other, and discuss the next steps in tackling multiple disadvantage. Over two days a series of workshops will be led and shaped by delegates under four key themes:

  • Drawing expertise from lived experience
  • Achieving systems change
  • Understanding and responding to diversity
  • Fostering partnership and collaborations to achieve change

On the final afternoon we will explore what this means for how we move forward together.

To book a place on the conference, please choose a ticket on Eventbrite


£75 for a day ticket / £200 for both days including meals and accommodation

To book a place on the conference, please choose a ticket on Eventbrite

We would encourage as many of you as possible to book places for people with lived experience of disadvantage. For smaller organisations that are unable to afford paying for a place, there are a limited number of bursary places available. Please register your interest for a bursary by emailing, and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

This event has been jointly organised by Big Lottery Fund, CalousteGulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Lankelly Chase, the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) charities (Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and Collective Voice) and Revolving Doors Agency.


Monday 8th May

10.30 - 11.40        Masterclass - series I

  • Working with health to address multiple disadvantage

Alex Bax, Chief Executive and Sam Dorney-Smith, Pathway Nursing Fellow, Pathway (invited)
Grant Everitt, Evaluation & Learning Lead and Margaret Foster, Personal Development Coordinator, Opportunity Nottingham
Vicki Adshead, Nottingham City Primary Care Mental Health Service

  • How adopting a psychologically informed approach can transform service delivery within an accommodation based service

Sean Butler, Intensive Support Manager, Liverpool Waves of Hope YMCA (invited)

  • Empowerment and employment: enabling those with lived experience of multiple disadvantage to thrive

Nelida Senoran-Martin, Service User Engagement Coordinator, Fulfilling Lives South East
Juliette Hough, Independent Social Researcher

  • "There’s a lot going on for me”: Understanding severe and multiple disadvantage in the lives of people with intersecting identities    

Sophie Melville, Policy and Research Coordinator, LGBT Foundation (invited)

  • Youth in Focus - supporting vulnerable young people through key transitions in their lives

Pippa Goodfellow, Nacro
Fran Hughes, 16-25 Independent People

  • Reaching marginalised groups with multiple and complex needs: a targetd and partnership based approach

Joseph Fisher and Charlie Mullane, Golden Key
Jean Smith, Nilaari

  • Embracing Complexity of Needs in Homelessness: Significance of Voices of Lived Experience for Practice and Policy

Dimitar Karadzhov and Claire Goodfellow, University of Strathclyde      

12.00 - 13.10        Masterclass - series II    

  • Understanding the whole person: What are the common concepts for recovery and desistance across the fields of mental health, substance misuse, and criminology?

Christina Marriott, Chief Executive, Revolving Doors Agency
Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, New Local Government Network

  • Coordinated local area responses to multiple disadvantage: how to create a gender and trauma informed approach to working with women

Jo Sharpen, Policy Manager, Against Violence and Abuse

  •  ‘Trust’ and ‘care.’ Engaging with help: experiences of young people on pathways out of multiple exclusion homelessness

Simone Helleren, Doctoral Reseach Student, The University of Birmingham

  • Lessons learnt in developing strong partnerships and investment to improve the response to individuals experiencing multiple and complex needs

Sarah Owen-Rafferty, National Criminal Justice Development Manager and Samantha Durrant, Project Manager, Together for Mental Wellbeing
Inspector Bill Scott, Mental Health Partnership Development Inspector, North Yorkshire Police

  • Stop the Scandal: Empowering people with lived experience to make the case for action and policy change

David Ford, Expert Link
Catherine Glew, St Mungo's

  • Understanding and responding to diversity in the criminal justice system

Victoria Lavis, University of Bradford (invited)        

14.10 - 15.20        Masterclass - series III    

  • Developing a place based approach to reducing health inequalities among those in contact with the criminal justice system

Paul Anders, Policy Manager, Revolving Doors Agency
Jane Leaman, Consultant, Public Health England
Richard Jolley, Health and Policing Lead, Home Office

  • The Flue: housing a fire

Emma Crick, Researcher and Amanda Rowan,Volunteer, Hull Lighthouse Project

  • How to co-develop, deliver and evaluate an asset based approach to achieve change for people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage

Pat McArdle, Chief Executive and Burcu Borysik, Head of Influencing and Systems Change, Mayday Trust

  • Adopting a city-wide approach to end homelessness

Hannah Mahoney, Programme Manager, Golden Key

  • Drawing expertise from those with lived experience to shape frontline practice and the strategic development of services

Becky Graham, Peer Engagement Coordinator and Lucy Watson, Operations Manager, Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden

  • Housing First: what, why and how. An approach to supporting people away from a life of multiple disadvantage

Jo Prestidge, Homeless Link

  • How multiple needs is experienced and approached in BME communities

Iman Ramafat, Vittoria De Meo and Kyle Palmer, Equality Improvement Leaders, Mind

15.40 - 16.40        Changing the game: the role of policymakers and researchers

  • What should policymakers and researchers be doing to ‘change the game’ for people with multiple needs?

Chair: Andrew Barnett, Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Belinda Weir, Director of Leadership and Senior Fellow, Health Services Management Centre
Dr Beth Watts, Research Fellow, Heriot Watt University
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point and Chair, APPG Complex Needs
Tommy Smith, Trade Unionist and activist (invited)

Tuesday 9th May

09.30 - 10.40       Changing the game: the role of frontline services and lived experience

  • What should frontline agencies, commissioners and people with lived experience be doing to ‘change the game’ for people with multiple needs?

Chair: Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind (invited)
Karen Biggs, Chief Executive, Phoenix Futures
Steve Khan, Expert by Experience, Liverpool Waves of Hope
Alan Wallace,Service Improvement Officer, Fulfilling Lives Multiple and Complex Needs South East Project
Yvonne Roberts, Chair, Women in Prison (invited)

11.00 - 12.10        Masterclass - series IV

  • How to engage individuals with lived experience of multiple disadvantage from BME communities

Sarah Robinson, Research Manager, CFE Research
Nadia Bennett, GROW Trainee, Inspiring Change Manchester
Sandra Morgan, Beneficiary Ambassador, Opportunity Nottingham

  • Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions

Emma Christie, Programme Manager, Public Health England
Dr Mike Kelleher, Consultant Addictions Specialist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Luke Mitcheson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Public Health England

  • Drawing expertise from lived experience in the commissioning of health and social care services

Paula Harriott, Commissioner, Revolving Doors Agency
Tackling young people’s multiple disadvantage – responding to lived experience, and harnessing the expertise of our partners
Dr Caitlin O'Neill Gutierrez, The Children's Society

  • Challenges in the co-production of outcome measurement: commissioner, practitioner and researcher perspectives

Kevin Wong, Associate Director and Rachel Kinsella, Policy Evaluation Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University
Linda Meadows, Independent Consultant and Researcher
Nicola Bancroft, Remedi
Alison Thorne, Together

  • Effective Case Coordination to achieve the best outcomes for those with lived experience of multiple disadvantage

Jo Rogers and Rachel Britt, Fulfilling Lives South East
Lynda Taylor, Midland Heart
Understanding current policy priorities and how to influence them
Nicola Drinkwater, Clinks       

13.10 - 14.20        Masterclass - series V

  • Understanding the challenges and innovation in healthcare provision within diverse neighbourhoods

Professor Jenny Philimore FRSA FAcSS, Director, University of Birmingham
Pip McKnight, Community Midwife, City Hospital

  • Working with trauma: the place of reflective practice for an organisation to work effectively when supporting individuals with lived experience of multiple disadvantage

Christopher Scanlon DPhil, Consultant Psychotherapist
Catherine Hennesey

  • Enabling children and young people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage to represent their experiences using research to policy makers and service providers

Phil Jones, UCL Institute of Education

  • Using the MEAM approach to change the system

John Holmstrom, Worthing Churches Homeless Project (invited)

  • Complex Needs and Employment – learning from experience

Stephen Sanger, Operations Manager and Bev Hardman, Project Support Assistant, Birmingham Mind
Sarah Churchill, Peer Mentor and Mark McKinley, Engagement and Development Worker, Birmingham Mind

  • Responding to Complexity: Providing Support for Survivors of Domestic Abuse with Complex Needs

Dr Lyndsey Harris, University of Nottingham

14.40 - 15.40 Co-production: achieving change
15.45              End of conference