Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.

People with the hardest lives experience multiple problems. These are often rooted in long-term experiences of poverty, deprivation, trauma, abuse and neglect. These inequalities can lead to a combination of experiences, including homelessness, substance misuse, domestic violence, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill-health.

People have often been failed by systems that focus on single issues. These make it hard for them to address their problems and to lead fulfilling lives. This is made worse when no one wants to talk about the ‘elephants in the room’.

The Elephants Trail has been developed over many years by people with personal experience of multiple disadvantages. It is about local people and professionals working equally together to solve challenges that people think are most important.


Elephants Trail at the Dream Weavers Festival (June 2022)

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