Complex needs in a complex system

Multiple Disadvantage Day

21 June 2019

First ever Multiple Disadvantage Day to be held on Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The day aims to reduce the stigma experienced by some of the most disadvantaged and forgotten about people in our society, and encourages members of the public to #seethefullpicture.

On the Multiple Disadvantage Day website there are 12 case studies which detail the true stories of people facing multiple disadvantage and their journey in life so far. Childhood neglect, domestic abuse, homelessness and poor mental health, are just some of many challenges explored in the true stories. The complexity of accessing services and trying to get help is also highly evident; as are the hopes and aspirations of those telling their story.

With public support and more people pledging to #seethefullpicture, this campaign has the potential to instigate change. The severity and complexity of a person’s problems means they are often turned away from the very services that are set up to help them because their behaviour is seen as too challenging. This means people with the most severe problems are even further excluded. Change could lead to services that are more cohesive, and more accessible.

The reality is that without the right care and support, people facing multiple disadvantage may die. Most often prematurely.

To celebrate Multiple Disadvantage Day, a series of coordinated events will be held across England on Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

To mark this day in Bristol, Golden Key will host an exhibition called #SeetheFullPicture in partnership with The New Room (John Wesley Chapel). The exhibition will showcase creative work by people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage from across the city. As part of this event, Bristol City Council member Paul Smith (Councillor for Bristol Central Ward and Cabinet Member for Housing) will be meeting one of the artists to look around the exhibition on the morning of Multiple Disadvantage Day (9.30am, 3rd July). The event details are as follows:

Exhibition:     #SeetheFullPicture

Location:        The New Room, Horsefair, Bristol. BS1 3JE

Time:              9.30am – 4pm, 1 – 5 July 2019

Through launching Multiple Disadvantage Day, the Fulfilling Lives Programme is asking for change. Change in public perception. Change in the way systems and services work. And most importantly, positive change for people facing multiple disadvantage.

Learn more: Visit the Multiple Disadvantage Day website to read true stories of people facing multiple disadvantage.

Join the conversation: #SeeTheFullPicture

Multiple Disadvantage Day

Multiple Disadvantage Day

Multiple Disadvantage Day