Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden

Fulfilling Lives in Islington & Camden (FLIC) is an eight-year Lottery funded learning programme closing in May 2022, 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 is key to our work. Our support service is intensive, trauma-informed and led by the experiences and insights of our clients.

We work 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.

Homelessness is an issue that is widely misunderstood, misrepresented and miscounted. When thinking of what it is to be homeless, the image most think of is somebody sleeping on the street. This means that a large proportion of people who are homeless do not have access to vital services that they require because they are not reached by street outreach services and are not aware of their rights and options. 

We have found that this is particularly true of women, for whom sleeping in public spaces poses a real risk of exploitation and sexual violence. The options that are available, such as hostels, are often mixed-gender and put women in a position of feeling unsafe - 95% of our female clients report experiencing gender-based violence.  

At FLIC, we have been involved in a range of studies and have trialed interventions to explore the experiences and difficulties facing people who are homeless and experiencing multiple disadvantage, where accessing traditional or mainstream services is not working. These include; 

  • Housing First - FLIC’s learning and local impact 
  • Women’s Hidden Homelessness 
  • Gender Informed Spaces - W1SH 
  • Team Around Me 
  • Learning from hostel evictions – action experiment.
     

Everything has changed now. Before it was just like day to day, minute by minute but now I can kind of look forward for the first time

Watch our co-produced film below which explores the importance of a sense of home.