Fulfilling Lives is an 8-year programme funded by The Big Lottery, seeking to help people with complex needs to better manage their lives by ensuring that services are more tailored and better connected to each other. Advocacy Centre North is one of the six employing organisations that help to deliver the programme by employing and supporting the Service Navigators who work directly with clients.
Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead helps those people who often spiral around the system(s), are excluded from the support they need and experience a combination of at least three of the following four problems:
- problematic substance misuse
- mental ill health
Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead sees people for the potential they have, not for the problems they face. The programme offers opportunities for service users to have a voice, as well as training them as peer evaluators and to co-design the way the programme is delivered through the Experts by Experience (EBE) group.
At the end of the 8-year programme, in 2022, the aspiration of the programme is for it to be self-sufficient: continuing to run as an independent structure headed by the Experts.
The longevity of the programme and level of funding allows real opportunity to make a serious impact upon the lives of people with complex needs living in and between Newcastle and Gateshead.
There are a further 11 Fulfilling Lives programmes across England.