Changing Futures

What is Changing Futures?

Nationally, Changing Futures is a government initiative led by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, who have allocated £64 million over the 3 years of the project. The aim is to improve outcomes for adults experiencing multiple disadvantages, as well as delivering long-term system change.

Throughout Lancashire, it will support people with multiple and complex needs to make lasting positive change – through multi agency, trauma informed and ACEs approaches facilitated by lived experience navigators, associate navigators and peer mentors.

Navigators use their lived-experience to build trust and confidence in the system, connecting beneficiaries to Services and advocating on their behalf. 

Changing Futures is a learning pilot to inform future working and drive system change across the Lancashire footprint, with an emphasis on sharing our learning with partners.

Our (Red Rose Recovery’s) Role in Changing Futures

Red Rose Recovery’s role within Changing Futures is to provide a team of lived experience staff in both Central and East Lancashire, consisting of Navigators, Associate Navigators and Peer Mentors, supporting individuals with multiple disadvantage.

The team work intensively for up to 12 months with these ‘beneficiaries’ and seek to use a trauma informed, person-centred approach to gain the trust of people who usually feel that they have been let down by services and have a mis-trust or fear of them. The team can engage with the beneficiaries on a different level to most services.

To date, the programme has been highly successful in effecting positive change in the lives of our beneficiaries. We have achieved outcomes that other services have struggled to attain over several years of working with the same individuals. Our success can be attributed to the lived experience approach taken by our navigators, and the focused and dedicated efforts that we make towards supporting our beneficiaries.