How can I help spread the #seethefullpicture message? 

  • Share our selection of True Stories

  • Search for #seethefullpicture on social media and join the conversation

  • Talk to your friends and family - “Have you heard of Multiple Disadvantage?”

What is Multiple Disadvantage?

Multiple Disadvantage is when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending and mental ill health at the same time. People facing this complex mix of challenges are also sometimes victims of domestic abuse, are likely to have poor physical health, may be sex-working and may be in debt.  

Why is Multiple Disadvantage Day important?

Sometimes, people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage die because the right care and support is not there at the right time. Wednesday 3rd July 2019 was the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day and is an important step in raising awareness, helping to reduce stigma and reminding us all that these issues are not going to go away easily. Huge changes are needed in our attitudes towards other people, and in the approach society takes in caring for those facing Multiple Disadvantage.

What will happen after Multiple Disadvantage Day?

The 12 Fulfilling Lives projects will continue their pioneering approach to getting the right care for people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage. They will continue to push for change so that better care is provided. However, these projects will all end by 2022 at which point it will be up to all of us to continue these changes.

The next Multiple Disadvantage Day will take place on Friday 3rd July 2020.

I’m a professional working in a related field. How do I find out about training for my team/organisation?

Visit the contact page on the website of your local project and get in touch to see what training opportunities are available. 

What should I do if I see a homeless person?

Follow advice from The Big Issue and send an online alert to StreetLink. Your local project may offer a street outreach service, or know of one in the area. Visit your local project's website to find out more.

Someone in my family is experiencing Multiple Disadvantage. How can I help them? 

It can be hard for families and friends, especially if you have been affected by the behaviours of someone facing these challenges. Relationships break down and many people end up estranged from their families. If you do have contact with someone in your family who is struggling to get the care they need, gently let them know that there are organisations offering a different kind of support.

How can I help change things so that people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage are better cared for in the future?

  • Find out what’s happening in your local area and go along to one of the #seethefullpicture events.

  • Visit your local project’s website, sign up to receive information by email and keep yourself up to date with developments.

  • If you work in a related field, consider a Trauma Informed Care approach, and aim to work in a Psychologically Informed Environment. Research training courses to extend your knowledge!

I’d like to volunteer. How do I find out more?

Volunteers are always very welcome, particularly in a climate where funding is very tight, and services are reducing. Contact your local project to see if they have any current volunteering opportunities. If you have a history of homelessness, addiction, re-offending, experiencing domestic abuse, and/or mental ill health; your knowledge and skills could be invaluable and an asset to the work of the programme.

I have a family member/friend who's experiencing Multiple Disadvantage and I'm supporting them/caring for them. How can I access support for myself during this time?

Caring for someone experiencing Multiple Disadvantage can be physically and emotionally demanding. There may be support networks for loved ones/carers in your local area. Contact your local project for more information.