02 November 2020

Blackpool Fulfilling Lives: Report on the Year Five Evaluation


The findings of the fifth evaluation of Blackpool Fulfilling Lives.

Blackpool Fulfilling Lives (BFL) was a partnership between WithYou and representatives from a range of statutory and voluntary agencies in Blackpool. It was one of 12 projects across England that were funded by the National Lottery Community Fund under their initiative to improve the lives of people experiencing multiple disadvantage. The Fulfilling Lives programme aimed to ensure that people benefit from better, more co-ordinated support and that learning from the programme would inform lasting ‘systems change’, whereby different ways of working are incorporated into mainstream services. It was also paramount that people with lived experience were involved at all stages of the development and implementation of the programme.

This report sets out the findings of the fifth evaluation of Blackpool Fulfilling Lives. The positive nature of the feedback from all interviewees was consistent with that in previous evaluation cycles: members of staff and the Legacy Board reported that they had witnessed improvements in clients across all areas of need as well as in their general motivation and independence. The report also includes economic modelling to explore how the BFL programme impacted A&E attendances, non-elective hospital admissions, and arrests.