Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden

Fulfilling Lives in Islington & Camden (FLIC) has now closed its doors. However, all of our news, learnings and reports can be found here, and our clients' voices and films can be found here.

FLIC was an eight-year Lottery funded learning programme, designed to support people experiencing multiple disadvantage and affect system change to improve the experience and outcomes for people accessing services.

Too often the voices of people experiencing multiple disadvantage aren't heard. Putting clients at the centre of everything we do was key to our work. Our support service was intensive, trauma-informed and led by the experiences and insights of our clients.

We worked in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies across both boroughs to improve services for people with multiple needs and drive systemic change, influencing how services are designed and delivered.

If you have any questions, please email Lucy Campbell ([email protected]), SHP's head of Multiple Disadvantage Transformation.

Too often the voices of people experiencing multiple disadvantage are not heard. FLIC was designed to support, serve and empower people experiencing multiple disadvantage based on their needs, experiences and hopes for the future. In this news post and report we take a look at some of our key learnings from 8 years of service.

FLIC ended in May 2022 and was part of the national Fulfilling Lives 12-area learning programme launched in 2014 and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme was designed to create positive change in the lives of people experiencing multiple disadvantage, with FLIC operating in the boroughs of Camden and Islington.

The Fulfilling Lives Programme
The National Lottery Community Fund invested £112 million, over 8 years in local partnerships in 12 areas across England, helping those experiencing multiple disadvantage access more joined-up services tailored to their needs. Multiple disadvantage was defined as experience of two or more of homelessness, substance misuse, reoffending and mental ill-health. FLIC focused our interventions on beneficiaries with support needs in all four of these categories. In addition, domestic violence and abuse was a near universal experience for all our female clients.

FLIC's Final Annual Report - 8 Years of Learning
FLIC’s strategic priorities were informed by the challenges and system issues witnessed during our first three years of operation. The system barriers experienced by our clients entirely shaped FLIC’s long term strategic direction and priorities. We took the challenges witnessed in our client work and used these as evidence of the need for change. This gave our system influencing priorities authenticity, whilst ensuring that the solutions would be of use to the wider system.

This report summarises FLIC's main achievements and learnings. It is best read in conjunction with FLIC's legacy recommendations report. In our final report we will detail our approach to change and learning in the following areas;

We will also share our learning about how to create a programme of change, the role of communications and workforce development.

Find the collation of 8 years of learning, addressing multiple disadvantage in Camden & Islington here. Although our work was localised to the two boroughs, there is no reason to suggest that most of our learnings and work can be applicable nationwide.

If you have any questions, please get in contact with Lucy Campbell ([email protected]) who has  been appointed Head of Multiple Disadvantage Transformation at SHP and will be key in taking forwards FLIC's legacy.