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Core Partnership

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Changing Lives is the lead core partner for the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead.

Changing Lives run specialist services across the country, designed to help people change their lives for the better. They provide compassionate professional services for over 17,500 vulnerable people and their families, every year.

They work with people experiencing hardships that many would struggle to imagine: homelessness, sexual exploitation, life-threatening addictions, mental and physical health problems, long-term unemployment and poverty, and more.

Changing Lives are experts in working with people experiencing the most complex of problems, providing holistic support to help them rebuild their lives, however long that might take. They work across four – often interconnected – areas to address the most common causes of social 
exclusion and long-term deprivation: drug and alcohol services; employment services; housing and homelessness services; and women and children’s services.

Changing Lives’ focus is on the individuals we support: their potential, their strengths and the opportunities the charity can give them to change their lives for the better. These changes ripple out from the individual to their families and their communities, helping break cycles of deprivation, neglect and abuse that can ruin lives.

Changing Lives help people to leave behind the entrenched problems that have held them back and get them back on their feet, living independently, safely and successfully in their community.

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Stephen Bell OBE Changing Lives Chief Executive (June14)

Stephen Bell OBE, CEO of Changing Lives:

“We are fantastically proud to be the lead partner of Fulfilling Lives’ Newcastle and Gateshead programme. We aim to develop a culture of learning, hope and collaboration, helping create a community that understands and welcomes people experiencing issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and offending. Together, we will develop innovative ways for their voices to be heard, so their experiences can be used to influence and shape the services, policies and practice that exist to support them.”

Oasis Community Housing

oasis community housing biggerOasis Community Housing is a national Christian charity with its roots in Gateshead, where they were founded in 1984. Over the years they have expanded and now deliver services in Gateshead, Sunderland, Peckham and Croydon.

Oasis Community Housing’s main business is providing housing and support, preventing and providing relief for homelessness, but as they put a roof over people’s heads they support them to overcome the barriers they face in life. Oasis Community Housing is actually seeking to do something much more fundamental, to provide a place where people can belong. A place where they can find community and relationship; a place that is safe and secure and a place where people can build a new future.

Oasis Community Housing is an organisation that offers hope to those who are the most excluded and they have the privilege of being part of people’s journeys during some of their toughest times.

Their approach focusses on addressing homelessness by providing four cornerstones of support: Crisis Services, Domestic Abuse Victim support, Employability and Supported Housing.

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Oasis Aquila Housing – David Smith

Chief Executive David Smith said of the project:

“We know, through more than three decades of experience, that no one gets back on their feet through the support of just one agency. We are so much stronger when we work together and that’s why it’s crucial for us to be part of FLNG.”


Mental Health Concern

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Mental Health Concern (MHC) has been delivering specialist mental health services in the North East for over 30 years.  With their primary care subsidiary, Insight Healthcare, they deliver a range of services to over 60,000 people across the country each year on behalf of the NHS and Local Authorities.

Whether MHC is helping people to recover from the effects of poor mental health, supporting someone to take their next steps after leaving hospital or helping people better connect and engage in their communities, the Charity exists to improve the wellbeing of every person they see and support meaningful, sustainable change

MHC’s services focus on four key areas: 24-hour adult rehabilitation and recovery, dementia care, supported housing and community and wellbeing services.

In a broader sense, MHC also wants to play their part in improving the whole system: innovating, taking positive risks and developing new service models of care and support that will better meet people’s needs in the future. No-one should feel they have to struggle on alone; MHC is here to make sure they don’t.

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