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is us

Our vision

A world where people with lived experience of multiple disadvantages are  treated as equal partners in decisions made about their lives.


Our purpose, strategy and values

To inspire, support and champion co-production, with the voices of
people with lived experience at our heart

Our purpose

To amplify the voices and share the experiences of people marginalised by severe and multiple disadvantage, to influence national and local policy, and to provide smart solutions to make support services better.

Our strategy

We believe in humanity and the potential of all people. When we come from a place of honesty, we can create the change that we want to see and bring hope into our world.

Our values


Our Journey

Many people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage do not have a voice in decision made about their lives. To address this problem, our Founder contacted over 4,700 people with lived experience to find out what they would want from a representative organisation.

Using this evidence, a panel was formed to advise, guide and support the organisation’s formation. The panel was made up from those with lived experience of multiple disadvantage from across the country with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.

Together we determined the purpose and values of the organisation, identified skills and talents, nurtured individual’s leadership skills, and developed the Governance arrangements and policies needed to become a charity.

Members were supported to sit on our Board of Governors, with further recruitment resulting in a Board with 90% of its members having lived experience of multiple disadvantage.

Together we have developed and delivered upon a funding strategy, developed our network to over 1,400 contacts, and work to influence national and local policy, including being represented on the Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel.


Our Work


Committed to 

Training and supporting people come together and make a difference to their world


Changing the

Making the the world a better place through our policy, research and influencing


Our Staff


David Ford

Founder and Head of Expert Link

Passionate and inspiring


Chris Brill

Policy and Communications Manager

Positive and inclusive


Our Trustees

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Debbie Brown

Joe Doran

Kim Kaur

Lee Dale

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Marnie Burden

Nichola Plumb

Pete Smith (Chair)

Ryan Snape

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Steve Neville