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The partnerships receiving National Lottery funding through the Help through Crisis (HtC) programme brought together small voluntary groups and established charities to work together locally.
HtC partnershps addressed a diverse and wide range of circumstances (for example: poverty, poor physical and/or mental health, eviction, homelessness, debt, domestic abuse, and unemployment). HtC partnerships provided services to meet the needs of over 220,000 people experiencing crisis. Partnerships provided advice, advocacy and support to match people’s needs and tackle underlying causes of crisis, enabling people to move out of crisis by drawing upon their experiences, skills and strengths.
The programme had three outcomes, all of which had to be met by the partnerships:
- People who have experienced hardship crisis are better able to improve their circumstances and plan for the future
- Organisations are better able to support people to effectively tackle hardship through sharing learning and evidence
- Those experiencing, or who are at high risk of experiencing, hardship crisis, have a stronger, more collective, voice, to better shape a response to their issues.
For the programme to achieve its full potential and put people in the lead in improving their lives and communities, local partnerships also needed to adopt the following principles:
- Ensure those that have experienced hardship crisis themselves are fully engaged in the design and delivery of services and are actively encouraged to help shape solutions in order to influence change
- Commit to supporting those who have experienced, or risk experiencing, hardship crisis to have a stronger, more collective voice to better shape a response to their issues
- Be led by, or involve, smaller scale grassroots community organisations that reach out to those who may not easily engage with mainstream services
- Demonstrate effective collaborative working to ensure holistic support including strong links with statutory and other support services
- Commit to capturing learning about what works to tackle hardship crisis and the impact of the services to enable projects to share and respond to changing circumstances and environment.