First is a ground-breaking £9.7 million service
funded by the Big Lottery and supporting the most vulnerable and chaotic adults
living in south London.
You First team was set up to help people with complex needs such as
homelessness, repeat offending, substance misuse issues and mental health
will help take pressure off costly emergency services frequently used by this
in Summer 2014, funding will last eight years and 270 people are set to
You First team brings with it a new approach. They will focus on coordinating
local services, including A&E, housing, police and probation services to
make sure that their clients have access to the right kind of help they need to
support their recovery.
unique part of the programme has included involving people who already use
local services. The ‘Expert Service User Group’ has many different life
experiences, from drug dependency, domestic violence, mental health issues,
homelessness and repeat offending. They have been on board since the start of
the project to help shape the way the new team understand what it’s really like
for people living with multiple needs.
You First was
set up by the Fulfilling Lives partnership led by
Resolving Chaos and consisting of charities and public sector organisations
from three local authority areas, including Thames Reach.
You can find out more at youfirstlondon.org.uk