Monday 7th September saw us return to Manchester in a continuation of our work with the brilliant Lankelly Chase foundation and Innovation Unit on their Hard Edges Project. Together over the last few months we have met with twelve people who have been affected by “severe and multiple disadvantage” (SMD) in order to let them tell their personal stories. This event was an opportunity to share these stories with a community of experts including other people with lived experience, commissioners, funders, frontline workers, service managers and journalists. We believe this kind of work is integral to helping those people reflect on the realities of SMD in their own practice and to explore solutions to problems together.
Time was taken for everyone to immerse themselves in the stories being told. It was a multimedia event with audio, video, and more traditional written accounts used to tell the stories. Several of the people featured whom appeared in person to recount their own accounts. There was then time to reflect and respond to the stories, and finally some discussion on who else needs to hear them and how they might be able to impact change.