The Fulfilling Lives project is an eight year programme, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, working across Newcastle and Gateshead, aimed at supporting individuals who struggle with multiple & complex needs. This is a new service, one of twelve throughout England, and Oasis Aquila Housing are one of the three core partners, alongside Changing Lives and Mental Health Concern. The Fulfilling Lives project supports people who experience a combination of homelessness, offending, substance misuse and mental ill health who are excluded from the support they need and spiral around the system.
“System Navigators” in partner organisations work with service users to navigate the services available to help them; and “Systems Brokers” (hosted by the three core partners) seek to bring about system change within Criminal Justice, Drug & Alcohol, Homelessness and Mental Health services. Our goal is to improve and better co-ordinate services to support people across Newcastle and Gateshead living with multiple and complex needs – to see people for the potential they have, rather than for their problems. We will seek to give service users a voice and opportunities to train as peer evaluators and co-design the way the programme is delivered. We will be working with up to 180 service users across Newcastle and Gateshead.
For more information on the Fulfilling Lives project and to make referrals, please see the Fulfilling Lives website: http://www.fulfillinglives-ng.org.uk