Formed in 2013, the NIC is a group of four leading North East charities, Changing Lives, DISC, Groundwork NE & Cumbria, and Mental Health Concern, each with a well-established commitment to delivering community-based services for people with complex needs. These founding organisations have built an effective partnership, based on shared values, ethics, and culture.
Together, we provide innovative, person-centred services to address issues including homelessness, poor mental health, joblessness, offending backgrounds and substance misuse. We have consistently and effectively delivered services for many years; we know what works, and why.
By working together, we can help people with multiple and complex needs to progress from crisis to stability, to get a home, to get a job, to be meaningfully engaged in their community, and to be better placed to achieve sustained wellbeing.
We value the range and diversity of the sector; we recognise the need to be ‘big’ when we need to be, but also local and responsive too. Together, we can concentrate on outcomes for people rather than organisational boundaries.
With this in mind we have agreed that:
The NIC will only bid for services where there is clear added value in delivering as a partnership, not if a service is better provided by an individual member.
The NIC’s ability to deliver collective action will result in substantive gain for all stakeholders, service users, their communities, commissioners, and providers.
NIC initiatives can be either local or large-scale across regions, but only when there is convincing evidence that the scope and scale of the proposed service will be better achieved with NIC involvement.