MEAM – ‘Walking the Frontline’ exhibition

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition, comprising the charities Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind, works throughout England to improve policy and local practice in supporting people with multiple needs. People with multiple needs experience several problems at once, including mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, offending and family breakdown.

The Walking the Frontline exhibition was a collaboration between MEAM, Soapbox and Birmingham Changing Futures Together. Using MEAM’s previous publications as a visual starting point Soapbox worked closely with the coalition partners, local practitioners and people with lived experience of multiple needs to highlight what had been achieved so far, and MEAM’s recommendations for further improvements.

The graphics lead visitors around the exhibition, investigating different aspects of multiple needs, from employment and housing to devolution. It was vital to keep the user at the centre of this journey, and to reflect their experience in the process. We did this by quoting personal experiences and using images of individuals and real-life environments to ground the narrative, continually bringing the reader back to those at the heart of the issue.

From June to November 2016 the exhibition was on display at The Centre for Voluntary Action in Birmingham, and MEAM hopes to reuse the designs in other venues around the country.

Watch the video to see the exhibition in action.