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.

“The Wellspace helped me reignite my zest for living and helped me to move forward with positivity in my life.” - Steven (WellSpace member)

We generally find that therapeutic services, especially those that offer structured therapy, expect our clients to be substance-use free before accessing their service. Whilst, clinically, this is understandable in many ways, it effectively expects people to be 'treatment ready' before they have ever received treatment. It is a Catch-22 that means our clients rarely have the opportunity to access any form of therapeutic support. As a result, we decided to develop and trial the WellSpace a light-touch mental health support group, which is open and welcoming to people, regardless of their substance misuse issues. 

WellSpace is a collective of clients and workers who meet every week to participate in a session with the aim to help all of us learn something new and stay well. This has been run in physical space and online via Zoom when necessary due to COVID-19.

We created a How To Guide with the aims to share the rationale behind the sessions we call WellSpace, how we, a collaboration of clients experiencing multiple disadvantage and support workers, devised the format and sessions and what we learned along the way.

Download the How To Guide here, find snippets from the booklet below, and get in touch with SHP's Head of Multiple Disadvantage Transformation Lucy Campbell ([email protected]) if you have any questions.