Published: 19th Mar 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund is to invest almost £18m in the government’s ‘Changing Futures’ programme to help vulnerable people.   The programme invites local organisations to form partnerships to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages, including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system. On top of the government’s £46m investment in the programme, the additional funding announced today takes the total scheme to £64m. This will extend the support available to three years and enable a more effective, joined-up service from local organisations – including, councils, health bodies, police, probation services, voluntary and community sector. Last year, the government invited local partnerships to bid to take part in the ‘Changing Futures’ programme and establish new support systems for vulnerable people. 21 areas have been shortlisted for the next selection round and will now submit their proposals for a wider support service in their regions. Today’s funding builds on the National Lottery’s ‘Fulfilling Lives’ programme – a £112 million investment over eight years that that focuses on improving support for vulnerable people, by giving them … (To read the full article, subscribe below)