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.

Women experiencing domestic violence and abuse, in tandem with multiple disadvantage, can face significant challenges in accessing and sustaining appropriate housing. 

To address this we're working with Solace Women's Aid to deliver a pilot in Islington which applies the Housing First model in a gender-informed way.

All of the women engaged in the pilot are experiencing multiple disadvantage, including homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness. As well as tackling their housing needs, the pilot provides intensive support with a range of issues, including reporting domestic violence incidents to the police, addressing substance misuse, and using Personal Budgets to improve wellbeing and increase a sense of personal agency. 

Existing Housing First evaluation tools are being adapted to reflect the focus on domestic violence and abuse, and challenges arising in front line work will be fed into FLIC's wider system change work.