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.

A client from SHP’s Lottery-funded Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden (FLIC) project appeared on BBC Breakfast to speak out in support of an innovative approach to tackling homelessness.

Wayne, 54, told of the progress he has made since being given a stable home, thanks to the FLIC projects’ ‘Housing First’ approach to working with people with complex needs.

Housing First gives people who have experienced long term homelessness their own permanent accommodation, giving them the security and stability they need to break the cycle and turn their lives around.

During the interview, Wayne said: “It’s the only scheme I’ve been offered which has been realistic.  It’s helped me to build my self-esteem and tackle my mental health issues, and it’s acted as a deterrent to stop crime and drugs. It’s a wonderful thing to have.

"Having a postcode means you belong. For 35 years, I was just in the way, but I feel like part of society again'

Wayne’s TV appearance  highlighted a new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which is now recommending Housing First as a way to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness in Britain. 

The CSJ is calling on the government to adopt Housing First nationwide by investing £110m to secure homes in the private rented sector for those who have suffered recurrent homelessness. The thinktank argues that the Government could make substantial savings.

Lucy Watson, SHP’s Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden Deputy Manager who appeared alongside Wayne on the BBC Breakfast sofa, added: “I don’t think it works for everyone, but part of Housing First is providing personalised support, recognising everyone as an individual. It’s more than just a home and an address, but personalising the support to their needs.”