Other Fulfilling Lives Projects

The National Lottery Community Fund has made an eight-year investment of up to £112 million in helping people with multiple needs access more joined-up services tailored to their needs. The programme defines multiple needs as experiencing at least two of homelessness, reoffending, substance misuse and mental ill health.

The Fulfilling Lives programme funds voluntary sector-led partnerships in 12 areas of England that are working to provide more person-centred and co-ordinated services. The initiative aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • People with multiple needs are able to manage their lives better through access to more person centred and co-ordinated services.
  • Services are more tailored and better connected and will empower users to fully take part in effective service design and delivery.
  • Shared learning and the improved measurement of outcomes for people with multiple needs will demonstrate the impact of service models to key stakeholders.

Systems change

The Fulfilling Lives programme has a strong focus on legacy and systems change to ensure that the approaches developed by the partnerships are sustainable. Each of the 12 partnerships is committed to creating systems change in their local area.

Systems are formed of the people, organisations, policies, processes, cultures, beliefs and environment that surround us all. The systems that surround people with multiple needs are particularly complex and have often failed to provide individuals with the support they need.

The programme sees a successful systems change as a change to any of the elements above that is beneficial to people with multiple needs, sustainable in the long-term (is resilient to future shifts in the environment) and is transformational. Changes which are tokenistic, doing the same thing under a different name, or which are overly reliant on key individuals are not system changes. The implementation of good practice or flexing the system (making a one-off exception for example) are not system changes in their own right, but may be a good step towards longer-term systemic change.

The 12 partnerships were awarded funding in February 2014 and began working with beneficiaries between May and December 2014.

They are: