When Mayday Trust joined Scale Accelerator it had undergone a radical transformation of its entire organisation, approach and strategy. Following its Wisdom from the Streets Inquiry and the many systemic barriers it identified for people accessing services, it changed direction from a traditional housing-related support provider, to a ‘person-led, transitions organisation’.
Through its ‘Personal Transitions Service’ (PTS) – emerging on the back of years of prototyping – Mayday works with individuals facing challenges like homelessness, leaving prison, care, psychiatric hospital, or coming off drugs and alcohol.
“We work alongside people to identify their strengths and abilities, listen to their story and experiences, and focus on how they can take back control to transition out of their situation, rather than providing a service led response and expecting people to fit into ours or our funders’ boxes,” explains Lynn.
After initially scaling the approach with seven PTS Innovation Partners, Mayday wanted to explore how to share learnings further and attract more like-minded partners. With an ultimate aim to change the overall system, it needed more organisations and individuals on board with shared goals to create a tipping point where this style of approach becomes the norm.