People with experience of overcoming multiple disadvantages met with MPs in parliament this week, to talk about the challenges they have faced and how supportive services should be shaped in the future.
Stephen Kerr MP for Stirling spent time talking to people who have managed living with multiple and complex needs as part of the “See the full picture” campaign from charity Fulfilling Lives.
The campaign is part of an effort to help reduce stigma around multiple disadvantage, which is defined by the charity as two or more of the following: homelessness, substance use, mental ill health, and offending. The campaign will build up to Multiple Disadvantage Day on the 3 July, an awareness day to improve understanding of the issue among policy makers and the general public.
Stephen Kerr MP said:
“This was a really important opportunity to speak directly to people who experience multiple disadvantages and have faced real vulnerability in their lives. It’s so vital that MPs and policy makers get to hear about their experiences and their challenges. They are the best people to inform us about how to make sure they are supported effectively ”
Laura Furness, Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “People experiencing multiple disadvantage are in the best position to tell us how the systems and services need to change. We are delighted that MPs made it a priority to come and listen to what our experts by experience have to say.