Direct Experience

The York MCN Network connects in with groups and individuals who have direct experience of the issues associated with multiple complex needs.


These groups and individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the Network in order to influence change which really works for absolutely everyone.

We connect with...

York In Recovery

York in Recovery is a peer-support and peer led recovery group. They are experts in lived experience and therefore offer a safe space, activities and connection for people in York who are either in recovery or who may not be in recovery but have an interest in it.

They're a judgement- free zone and all are welcome to join their Recovery Cafe every Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Read more here.

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LIFE stands for 'Lived Insights from Experience'. It is made up of individuals who have or are currently navigating support from a variety of agencies within York, as well as those who are locked out of support. 

Their independence enables them to offer genuinely impartial insights into systemic failures within and between statutory, voluntary and private sector interventions. 

LIFE is continuing to build partnerships, and are actively involved in the emerging Poverty Truth Commission and whole-system review of resettlement pathways, in partnership with York In Recovery.  


Through York MCN, they are involved in participatory action research training, and supporting a weekly pop-up café every Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm, at Carecent where people can meet and connect, and here they've created a physical map of York by asking people what services they've accessed and how they found it. 

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LIFE is a part of the APLE Collective (Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience)

The APLE Collective is currently campaigning to address the digital divide.

As the technology continues to move forwards (and especially after the pandemic), many people who do not have access to the intertnet or a laptop are being shut out of services.

Unavoidable and increased spending on energy and food will also take up the lions share of many people's budget, forcing those in poverty to forgo the cost of internet access and be further excluded.

Learn more about this issue and how you can help, here.