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End 'revolving door' say celebs

April 04 2014
Services for people with multiple needs are not integrated, and service users are passed from pillar to post

A Big Lottery funded project which aims to end the problems associated with the ‘revolving door of care’ has been backed by celebrities who back homeless charities including Russell Brand, Jon Snow and Mitch Winehouse, the father of Amy Winehouse who now runs a foundation in her memory.

The Fulfilling Lives: Supporting People with Multiple Needs Initiative, which has also been welcomed by charities such as DrugScope and Mind, will work in 12 different areas across the country to help create more co-ordinated services.

The project, which has received £112m from the Big Lottery Fund, aims to work with people with multiple needs including homelessness, drug and alcohol use and mental and physical health issues.

People facing these multiple needs require support from not just one but, many different services at the same time. At present, these services are not integrated, with service users reporting they are being passed from pillar to post rather than having all of their needs met at one given time.

It is currently estimated that there are 60,000 adults in the UK with multiple needs. By joining up these crucial services, the aim is to help service users to spend less time in the criminal justice system, reduce drug use and make sure they get the support they need for mental health problems.

Mitch Winehouse said: “I’m very excited that successful partnerships are now on the verge of receiving up to £10 million to start helping people with serious and complex problems. This money will bring different organisations together to offer people more tailored support to deal with all the different needs that they may have.”