West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire joins Making Every Adult Matter coalition.

2017 Stock Shot of group of raised hand with words Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM)

Issued on: 5 December 2017


West Berkshire has been selected as one of only 25 local areas across England to develop coordinated, effective support for people experiencing multiple needs, made possible by new funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

West Berkshire Council, in partnership with Thames Valley Police will be leading on the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) project.

The selected local authorities, statutory agencies and the voluntary sector are working together to transform the lives of people experiencing a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. They will use the MEAM framework to help shape their work and receive support and advice from MEAM coalition staff based across the country.

West Berkshire has employed a dedicated MEAM Co-Ordinator, who will work with the 24 MEAM Approach areas (rising to 40 by the end of the programme) to make significant changes to the services currently addressing these issues. They will also co-ordinate our response to local individuals and work closely with those who need the joint support of the West Berkshire MEAM partners.

Cllr Hilary Cole, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Housing and Homelessness said: "I'm pleased that we are part of the MEAM coalition. This is a great opportunity to reshape existing services alongside our partners to provide practical support that can make a real difference to our most vulnerable residents.

I would like to thank our partners for the work they have done so far and for their ongoing commitment to this important and transformative project."

Richard Benyon MP said: "I am delighted that West Berkshire has been accepted into the next MEAM cohort. From an initial meeting in  March when I sat round a table with all our local agencies, both statutory and voluntary, to hear about the way the MEAM approach works, this seemed to be an innovative and joined-up way to try and engage with those extremely vulnerable individuals with multiple needs. This is an exciting step forward and I want to pay tribute to all our local organisations who have stepped up and committed themselves to work together on this. I am looking forward to seeing the results."