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More than the sum of its parts: H ow innovative partnership working can improve outcomes for families with multiple and complex needs Thomas Guiney Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund. Addressing inter-generational disadvantage. The Big Lottery Fund.

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More than the sum of its parts

More than the sum of its parts:

How innovative partnership working can improve outcomes for families with multiple and complex needs

Thomas Guiney

Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund


More than the sum of its parts

  • Addressing inter-generational disadvantage

  • The Big Lottery Fund

  • The ‘Improving Futures’ Programme

  • The challenge of partnership working

  • Other sources of funding


Big in numbers

BIG in Numbers…

Since June 2004, BIG has awarded over £6 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

BIG are presently managing 17,000 awards

88% of our awards are for £10,000 or less

In 2012/13 we made 12,000 new awards with a total value of £778m.

Over 92% of our funding goes to the “voluntary and community sector


The improving futures programme

The Improving Futures Programme…

  • £26m investment to support families with multiple and complex needs

  • 26 VCS-led projects operating across the United Kingdom

  • Focus on families with children of primary school age

  • We expect to support 10,000 families over 3-5 years

  • Significant evaluation of the programme by ECORYS, Family Lives, IPSOS MORI and University of Nottingham


The profile of improving futures families

The profile of Improving Futures families…

Hierarchy of family strengths

Ranking of family risk factors

Base: 891 families


More than the sum of its parts

Parent A

"Everything seems to have come together, my son and daughter are getting on better and my daughter is getting on better at school. Overall as a family we feel a lot happier".


Working in partnership

Working in Partnership…

  • The VCS have a role to play in bridging the gap between

  • families and service providers

  • The VCS is a broad and varied sector. It to must work more closely to meet the varied needs of the family

  • The importance of defining roles,

  • responsibilities and data sharing

  • arrangements


The challenge of early intervention

The challenge of early intervention…

  • Projects are responsible for assessing a families ‘needs’ and prioritising resources accordingly

  • A focus on primary school aged families. Those that slip through the net of ‘early years’ and ‘youth provision’

  • Developmental pathways are rarely linear.

  • Service provision must be equally

  • flexible


More than the sum of its parts

The delivery lifecycle…

  • The importance of establishing clear referral pathways based upon strong working relationships with local agencies.

  • Assessment is a critical step in establishing the tenor and character of the working relationship with families

  • Balancing short term need

  • and long-term change

  • When to innovate and when to

  • replicate proven practice


Fulfilling lives a better start

Fulfilling Lives: a better start…

Up to £165M over the next 10 years


Fulfilling lives supporting people with multiple and complex needs

Fulfilling Lives: supporting people with multiple and complex needs…

  • Up to £100 million

  • Grants of up to £10 million for between five and eight years.

  • Geographically targeted in 15 areas in England

  • A focus on ‘system re-design’: showcasing more effective and efficient ways of organising and delivering services.


Open funding at the heart of what we do

Open funding at the heart of what we do...

  • Awards for All

  • Funding from £300 and £10,000

  • Approximately 7000 awards with a 50% success rate.

  • Perfect for those taking their first step onto the funding ladder

  • Reaching Communities

  • Funding from £10,000 to £500,000 available.

  • Investment of £157m in 2012/13

  • Demand is high. In 2010/11 we received 5,730 outline proposals requesting over £1 billion


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