Waves of Hope to showcase how it’s changing people’s lives with multiple needs at 1st conference

13.05.2016

A ground-breaking project that is helping to change the lives of those living with multiple needs in the City will begin to share it’s learning at its first conference in the city next month.

Changing Ways, Changing Lives, a free event will take place on the 9th June at the Crown Plaza, Liverpool and is designed to showcase how this new model of providing support for those struggling with substance misuse, mental health issues, homelessness and offending is having a positive impact.

Since its launch in 2014, the programme is already seeing positive change; the majority of those using the service have reported significant reductions in visits to A&E, substance misuse and arrests.

The day will give delegates an opportunity to hear from service users themselves, share learning and experiences and hear about the programme’s impact in Liverpool, as well as an overview of recent research findings by the local evaluation team Ipsos MORI.

Gary Morris, Programme Manager, Liverpool Waves of Hope, said:

“This is our first conference and a real opportunity for us to showcase our impact locally, from both the service user and local evaluation perspective. I believe the conference will help highlight the need for long term change, as one of the key aims of this project is to influence changes in the way future services are delivered.

“This project is demonstrating that tailored, commissioned services are more responsive to the needs of service users and are therefore better able to deliver successful outcomes and support often excluded people back into society. I’d encourage anyone interested in the field of multiple needs to come along to the conference and find out how we’re working together to make a difference to people’s lives. ”

Liverpool Waves of Hope is one of 12 areas nationally to have received Big Lottery funding of £10m to carry out this work over a period of five-year, with the aim of encouraging lasting change. The programme works specifically with people who are living with a combination of issues including, homelessness, reoffending, substance misuse and mental health.

The programme brings together a range of partners including Plus Dane who act as the accountable body and key decision makers from across the City including Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Public Health and Merseyside Police.