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London seminar: Complex commissioning for complex needs

This free seminar examined the Big Lottery Fund programme to fund partnerships of local organisations to work together for people with complex needs

Conference audience

Conference audience

17 May, 2018


Laura Furness │ Head of Funding│ Big Lottery Fund Ian Treasure │ Partnership Manager │ Blackpool Fulfilling Lives Nicola Plumb │ Blackpool Fulfilling Lives Lived Experience Team James Skelly │ Expert by Experience │ Blackpool Fulfilling Lives

According to research by the Lankelly Chase Foundation (2015), around 60,000 people in England experience multiple and complex needs, defined here as exhibiting at least two of: homelessness, current/historical offending, problematic substance or alcohol misuse, and mental ill-health. This not only affects their lives, but leads to significant social and economic costs associated with a failure to effectively support them. The Big Lottery Fund has invested £112m over 8 years to fund partnerships of local organisations to work together and improve services for people with such needs.

This free seminar looked at what has been learned in the first four years of the programme around how this beneficiary group can best be supported and how that may inform commissioning.

Please see the attached slide pack and notes for further information.

Complex commissioning for complex needs -seminar slides and notes

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Published 9 April 2018