Social Finance has been awarded the Area Support and Learning Provider contract for the Changing Futures programme.
Changing Futures is a £64m three-year programme to support 15 local areas transform their systems and the way they provide services to those facing multiple disadvantages, defined as people experiencing three or more of mental ill health, domestic abuse, offending, substance misuse and homelessness.
The programme is jointly funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), as the lead governmental department, and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF).
There are an estimated 363,000 adults experiencing multiple disadvantage in England. Many of these individuals have repeated contact with statutory and voluntary services over a number of years. Many fall through the gaps of existing services resulting in not being able to access the right support when they need it most. The systems these individuals engage with often also contribute to perpetuate their trauma.
Changing Futures funding will provide capacity to areas to work in partnership with statutory and voluntary services at a strategic and operational level to redesign the system, taking a whole-person, whole-systems approach that will improve outcomes at an individual, service and system level.
Over the next two years Social Finance will be developing training, guidance and other resources along the themes of systems change, commissioning, service delivery and Data and digital to support the 15 areas to implement their delivery plans. These will be delivered through national training for all areas and one-to-one support.
We have partnered with the Revolving Doors Agency (RDA) who will lead on all aspects of support relating to lived experience involvement in co-design, co-production and co-governance of the new system areas they are intending to establish.
We will be forming learning communities with the 15 areas, sharing learnings with DLUHC, and feeding into the development of a policy pipeline to influence systems change at a central government level.
Through our work we’re hoping to support areas to be ambitious in their systems change plans and setting up the infrastructure that will lead to sustainable change in the way their system operates for people experiencing multiple disadvantages.
Read more about Changing Futures in MHCLG’s announcement about the 15 areas that will receive funding.