Multiple Needs & Exclusions


This picture is called Courage. It was created by many members of our Brighton art group over several weeks in the spring of 2011. The group wanted to make a painting to show at the Open Access Center in Brighton – This advice centre is a first step towards treatment for future service users. The word Courage was chosen as a theme when the group reflected on the difficulties people have when first reaching out for support.

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Our goal is to help people with multiple needs and exclusions to recover from those problems that are keeping them marginalised. We seek to offer them the chance to take back control of their own lives and to move back into the mainstream.

Over many years working with some of the most marginalised people in our communities, Equinox has learned that our service users need a range of assistance to address a number of different needs.

Amongst these multiple needs are:

  • Mental health problems
  • Family breakdown
  • Homelessness
  • Substance misuse
  • Unemployment
  • Chaotic lifestyle

Most often our service users will have to deal with a number of these issues, so seeing them on the basis of one particular need (e.g. as a “substance misuser” or a “homeless person”) will not serve them best. Instead we need to see each service user as an individual and work with them to realise their potential rather than expecting them to conform to the requirements of a “standard” service.

For us to assist our service users effectively we need to ensure that they have the right care and support and that this is aimed at helping them to achieve positive change and recovery. This way we can best support them in gaining self determination and moving out of social exclusion, reintegrating with the community.