Groundswell, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Sheffield Hallam University are working in partnership on research and evaluation for Fulfilling Lives Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham (LSL) a project working with people facing multiple disadvantage across three London boroughs.
Fulfilling Lives LSL is one of 12 Fulfilling Lives projects funded by the National Lottery Community Fund designed to improve the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage – people who have experienced mental ill-health, homelessness, substance use or have offending histories.
The programme works across three main areas:
- Co-production: developing a culture where people facing multiple disadvantage are at the heart of designing and delivering services
- Service delivery: testing and learning about different interventions alongside people facing multiple disadvantage
- System change: providing an evidence-base to influence the way systems work at a local and national level, with the aim of creating sustainable, long-term change for people facing multiple disadvantage.
The three priorities in this area are improving people’s access to support, supporting life transitions and understanding system behaviour i.e. how the system does or doesn’t work for people
Our research and evaluation partnership combines expertise in systems change, influencing policy-makers, peer research, and trauma-, gender- and culturally-informed approaches. The aim is to build an understanding of the current system in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, explore how it could change, and start to embed that change. The final evaluation is due at the end of 2021.
The first output from this research and evaluation project is a literature review (right) on models of support and barriers to accessing support for people facing multiple disadvantage. This was produced by Sheffield Hallam University.
Action guide – trauma
Based on the literature review, we have produced an action guide (left) to support service users to better understand the signs of trauma and why services may use this type of approach, and to help staff start conversations around trauma.
NPC have also produced a guide outlining the core principles of trauma, gender and culture-informed approaches. The guide will help service providers, funders and commissioners to better understand how to support people who have faced or who are facing trauma and how to meet people’s needs in a gender and culture-sensitive way.