CANWe Solutions MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) works with some of the most vulnerable people in the community who have often experienced traumatic and chaotic lifestyles and found themselves with no home and nobody to turn to.
Whether residing in a house of multiple occupancy (HMO), homeless and living on the streets, or released from the prison services, these people often come with multiple needs and health issues.
This is where MEAM’s team of dedicated and passionate workers comes into play and where the heart of this project lies. We take individuals wider issues such as drugs and alcohol or mental health matters and provide bespoke packages to meet their needs.
This may include helping them to manage stress and anxieties, keeping appointments, signposting and working in partnership with other agencies to ensure each individual receives the right support to help them find a place of their own with the prospect of a happy, healthy and positive future.
An essential aspect of our work is the use of an assertive outreach approach, which is characterised by flexibility around the service user’s particular needs and behaviours. We establish and maintain contact in the users own environment, whether resident in a HMO, their home or community setting of their choice, often outside of traditional business hours.
We work hard to construct environments where people feel safe and where trusting relationships can flourish. We remain ambitious for the user group and as a consequence people feed of our energetic approach as we don’t simply talk about things; instead we take positive action to connect people to resources and skills.
The project’s workforce has extensive operational knowledge, networks and the resources embedded locally, resulting in a strong track record of innovatively securing the engagement of this difficult group, which has enabled the following:
Responsive service that is sensitive to the users cultural and gender needs
Employ effective risk assessment and risk management.
Development of ‘step up and step down’ approach with Transforming Lives.
Promotion of effective inter-agency working.
Intensive and dynamic support to service users.
Engage and support wider family and carers.
Development and maintenance of meaningful engagement.
Promote and embrace recovery and increase awareness of the risks associated with drugs and alcohol.
Increased stability and re-connection with services.
Development of a positive network of peer supports.
IMPACT & OUTCOMES
March 2016 saw the release of an independent evaluation of the MEAM project in Blackburn with Darwen. The evaluation examined the implementation of the project locally and reported positively on the impact that the project had delivered against a number of key indicators such as criminal activity, health and mental health, substance misuse, housing, family and social connectedness and employment and training. The evaluation also examined the business plan objectives outlined in MEAM 2015 business plan and reported success and evidence against all objectives.
Arrests reduced from 56 to 35
Attendance at the Magistrates Court reduced from 39 to 36
Nights in custody from 34 to 26
Visits to A&E reduced from 180 to 65
Hospital admissions reduced from 45 to 24
Hospital night stays reduced from 7125 to 5985
Significant reduction in time spent sleeping rough
Blackburn with Darwen
Independent Evaluation MEAM
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The independent evaluation used the return on investment calculation model developed for the National Evaluations Pilot of MEAM nationally. There is a full breakdown of cost saving calculations in the full MEAM evaluation report. For the purpose of this business plan, we have focused on the key headline figures to present a strong evidence base that further investment in the MEAM project working across a wider Pennine footprint will deliver up similar costs savings and give a good return on investment.
Total ROI of £116,080
This return on investment has been achieved by working directly with 28 clients over a 12 month period, further cost reductions would be achieved if the MEAM project could be scaled up to work either with more clients or across a wider geographic footprint.