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Hearing about people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage might be new to you. Below are answers to some of the questions you might have.

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 do we need you to share our campaign messages?

Many people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage die prematurely because the right care and support is simply not there at the right time. The work delivered by the Fulfilling Lives Programme, and the campaigns we promote, are an important step towards 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. With your support, we are hopeful that we can influence these changes, and help shape a support system that works better for some of the most excluded people in society.

How many campaigns do you run?

We aim to run two campaigns per year. The first in the winter months (January and February), and the second during the summer, as part of the annual Multiple Disadvantage Day, which takes place on the first Wednesday in July each year.

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?

  • 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.