Tackling System Change-Changing Futures
The Changing Futures programme is a £64 million joint initiative by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF). The focus of the programme is to support people facing 3 of the 5 categories of multiple disadvantage (homelessness, domestic abuse, criminal justice, mental health, substance misuse) and to create opportunities to support how local services respond to multiple disadvantage along with wider local, regional and national system change around multiple disadvantage.
50% of the Rochdale delivery team workers have lived experience of multiple disadvantage, including a Shelter GROW trainee. We are currently supporting 21 individuals- examples of support include re-housing, intensive support for long term prison leavers, support to access detox and rehab and support, support for women who have had children removed, connection to local community services, support to access health services including mental health assessments and Care Act assessments.
From April 2023 the team created System Change Action Plans to tackle identified system barriers relating to homeless prevention, unsafe hospital discharges, women’s unmet needs, barriers to accessing mental health provision, developing co-occurring conditions provision (dual diagnosis) and barriers accessing work and skills for people with lived experience. In Sept 2022 and March 2023, we hosted and supported two Recovery Events in Rochdale to promote recovery each event was attended by over 200 people– this has led to a grass roots local recovery group “The Bigger Picture” developing to support recovery across all areas of multiple disadvantage.