York MCN involves various projects, organisations and people coming together to create change.


The goal of those involved is to improve the lives of people experiencing multiple complex needs across the city.


‘Multiple complex needs’ (or multiple disadvantage) refers to a range of issues which make life difficult, including:

  • housing issues

  • mental ill-health

  • contact with the criminal justice system

  • substance misuse

  • financial problems


Our vision


We aim to explore together, creating positive outcomes and a healthier culture for absolutely everyone.


At the moment, many systems in which our world operates sustain and prolong disadvantage. We are therefore challenging the status quo. We celebrate innovative ideas and are inspired by radical shifts in thinking and ways of working.


How does it work?

An open Network of individuals from all walks of life regularly come together to progress collective work in a safe space.


Everyone’s invited to join and have their voice heard.

These meetings are a place to start the conversation about how to do things differently.

People are complex.

The issues are complex.

Systems are complex.


 Everyone’s life is different. Everyone’s strengths and needs are different.  

Issues (e.g. homelessness and mental healthcare) are tangled and interdependent. 

There's a range of people and organisations involved in creating outcomes, with multiple factors effecting relationships and decision-making.

If we want people to thrive, we must learn to embrace complexity.

Embracing it demands a different way of working that recognises that a single organisation, intervention or person can’t do this alone.

It requires all of us – people who use services, friends, families, residents, community organisations, statutory, public, voluntary and private sectors.