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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Health

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A coalition of charities has welcomed a £112 million investment to help people suffering multiple problems.

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM), a national coalition of Clinks, DrugScope, Homeless Link and Mind, has praised the launch of the Big Lottery Fund’s 'Fulfilling Lives: supporting people with multiple needs initiative'.

The programme aims to help people with multiple problems turn their lives around by improving the co-ordination of services and placing individuals at the heart of service design and delivery.

Oliver Hilbery, MEAM project director, said: “We are delighted to see the Fulfilling Lives: supporting people with multiple needs initiative officially launch and look forward to supporting the programme in the coming years.

“From our own work and research we know the serious impact that multiple needs can have on individuals, that traditional service approaches have historically failed this group, and that coordinated interventions can have a significant positive impact on individual’s wellbeing and service use.

“The long-term scope of the Big Lottery Fund’s investment will help local areas not only to design new services, but to take forward the systemic changes that will make this new way of working sustainable in the future.

"We are excited to be playing our part in this programme and look forward to working with the partnerships over the eight years of the programme.”

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