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.

People facing multiple disadvantage may experience several overlapping problems at the same time, such as mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, offending and family breakdown.

People with these needs tend to fall through the gaps between services because no one takes overall responsibility for helping them to break the cycle they are in.  Mainstream support services have proven ineffective in responding to people facing multiple disadvantage, who find themselves struggling to navigate a 'maze' of services that are overly complex, inflexible and insufficiently coordinated to meet their needs.

As a result, they can find themselves living vulnerable and often chaotic lives, experiencing poverty, stigma and discrimination. Stuck in a ‘revolving door’ of care, their problems can become more entrenched, at an escalating cost to themselves, local communities and the public purse. 

Nationally, according to a report by Lankelly Chase, there are an estimated 58,000 people living in crisis due to the lack of effective support services. 

In July 2012, the Big Lottery Fund announced an eight year investment of up to £112 million in the initiative, Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs, which aims to improve the stability, confidence and capability of people facing multiple disadvantage to lead better lives as a result of timely, supportive and coordinated services. Islington and Camden were chosen as one of twelve areas across England to receive funding to deliver a Fulfilling Lives project.

SHP was appointed the lead partner for the Islington and Camden project and we worked closely with our voluntary sector partners and strategic commissioners in both boroughs to shape the vision and strategy for this funding, as outlined in our business plan. In February 2014, the Big Lottery confirmed a grant of £7.8m for SHP to deliver the Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden project over the next eight years.

Supported by three local delivery partners, Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden (FLIC) works intensively with people with multiple disadvantage, building trust, advocating on their behalf and supporting them to build a better future.