250,000 people in England have contact with at least two out of three of the homelessness, substance misuse and criminal justice systems. At least 58,000 people have contact with all three.
Hard Edges is a statistical report published in January 2015 by LankellyChase. It delivers the most rigorous data to date about people whose lives combine disadvantages such as homelessness, substance misuse and offending. Data is a first step to understanding what people’s lives are like, and where systems go wrong. But the case for change is best made through people telling their story in their own words.
I am currently leading participatory research with a 12 individuals who are experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage, to honour their life journeys and share their aspirations.
Through in-depth ethnography, multimedia storytelling, and collaborative events bringing together service providers, commissioners, policy influencers, and various experts including people with lived experience, the aim is to create a space to listen and learn from people’s stories, and inspire radical change in the way homeless services, the criminal justice system, and addiction services work together.