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.

Each woman we work with has a unique, and often painful, story to tell. Around half our clients are women, and we continue to be inspired by their resilience, sense of self, insight and humility in the face of some of the most challenging and frightening experiences.  

95% of the women we work with have experienced domestic violence in some form and many have experienced additional traumas such as sexual violence and child removal. These are some of the numerous ways women are additionally disadvantaged making it harder to access mainstream support which can traditionally be designed for men.  

With this in mind, it is important that we take a gendered approach, aspiring to recognise and honour these struggles and create space for some of the responses to these traumas. We are working towards a truly trauma-informed approach, by asking the right questions and listening to the insights from our clients, so we can learn how to best offer specialist support, improve advocacy and safe spaces.  

“I went back to him because I had no-where to go. If I had my own home, I would have been safer.” -Housing First pilot client. 

Here are some of the ways we are working to support women experiencing multiple disadvantage; 

MD MARAC Representative, Camden: FLIC currently provide a Multiple Disadvantage MARAC Representative in Camden. This rep attends MARAC meetings in order to offer advocacy and research around cases of multiple disadvantage. The rep also hosts monthly training workshops for professionals in homelessness services to improve the quality of risk management for women experiencing multiple disadvantage and DVA. Book a place at our training workshops here. 

Working Effectively with Perpetrators and Survivors of Domestic Violence in Homelessness Settings: Women who are multiply disadvantaged are more likely to stay in a relationship with their perpetrator for reasons related to trauma and environments, meaning frontline workers are often working in extremely delicate dynamics where both the Survivor and Perpetrators are present. As there has been little work done on best practice in this area, FLIC collaborated with Standing Together to create guidance, download it here. Currently we are developing training to run alongside this, if you’d like to be the first to know when this is available you can sign up to our mailing list here.   

Multi-agency meeting model - Team Around Me (TAM): TAM is a strengths-based case conferencing tool, initially developed to be used with women experiencing multiple disadvantage. The tool takes a ‘System’s Blockages’ approach, encouraging networks to reflect on their position within systems and providing space to make change. Sign up to one of the fortnightly TAM Training workshops, and find out more about the model and read testimonials here. 

Housing First for women, Islington: In partnership with Solace, FLIC oversee a women’s only Housing First project designed to ensure women experiencing multiple disadvantage have the opportunity to have their own home, alongside support that is specially tailored for women. 

The WiSER Project: FLIC is one of seven specialist charities participating in the WiSER Project, a specialist service to support women experiencing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and also severe and multiple disadvantage. 

One of the amazing women we work closely with explains what it means to access support whilst experiencing domestic violence and abuse...