I am delighted to announce that I am going to be working with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to explore the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) approach.
Redcar and Cleveland are one of six new areas to join the national network, bringing the total number of areas to 27.
Redcar and Cleveland have been doing fantastic work to bring statutory and voluntary partners together to improve the lives of those facing multiple disadvantage. In 2014 they received external funding to develop a community key worker model which provides intensive support to individuals which helps them with the many issues that are affecting their lives.
They are really keen to share their experience and learning with other areas across the Country. Over the next few years I will be supporting the partnership to explore how lasting changes within the system can be embedded.
Clinks are part of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition; working in partnership with Homeless Link and MIND to improve the lives of those facing multiple disadvantage; including homelessness, offending behaviour, substance misuse and mental ill-health. In the North East, I provide support to cross-sector partnerships in Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Redcar and Cleveland to look at the blockages in the system which prevent adults living fulfilled lives. The MEAM Approach aims to not only change the lives of individuals but also their local communities. The approach has been evidenced to make considerable cost savings to public services such as the police and NHS as well as reducing the number of rough sleepers; the number of arrests and convictions; increasing the number of planned interventions such as GP visits and substance misuse appointments rather than relying on ambulance and A&E services.
More information about the MEAM Approach can be found on www.meam.org.uk.
Policy Officer seconded to Clinks