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Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending

September 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

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The number of people sleeping rough has risen for the sixth year in a row. The latest official figures estimate that 4,134 people are sleeping on the streets, an increase of 16% of the previous year and double the figure from 2010. The human impact felt by the rise cannot be underestimated and exacerbate the plight of those who find themselves with nowhere safe to stay.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Crisis, said: “Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks – anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements.”

Open Forum Events is hosting the Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending conference which will look to analyse the current trends in the prevalence of homelessness and the causes perpetuating them, whilst providing valuable insight into overcoming the challenges of providing homes for all.

With the focus on prevention, the government has pledged £40m to support people from becoming homeless in the first instance, rather than having to deal with the consequences once people find themselves without a place they can call home. A further £48m is being provided to support councils to deliver the Homeless Reduction Bill which is progressing through parliament and will mean anyone at risk of losing their home, not just those in vulnerable groups, will get the help they need more quickly. The housing white paper sets out measures to combat the housing shortage and recognises that high rents and costs in the private sector is putting more people at risk of becoming homeless. These are some of the initiatives at national governmental level, however, at ground level there are many local projects that are working with individuals to improve their circumstances.

The Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending conference agenda will seek to share understanding and strategic thinking of the homeless situation in the UK and will highlight issues of particular concern such as; the increasing occurrence of youth homelessness, the risks and consequences of modern day slavery and the factors impacting on health in the homeless community. The programme will feature plenary addresses from those at the forefront of tackling homelessness covering the evidence, causes and impacts, whilst examples of successful interventions and projects will be showcased as possible long term solutions which delegates’ own organisations may benefit from adopting. There will be ample opportunity for all participants and contributors to discuss, question and debate the issues throughout the day.

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Official government figures for England show that there has been a 51% increase in the number of people sleeping rough in the last two years and a rise of 133% since 2010. On any one night in 2016, 4,134 people were sleeping on the streets. London, as a region, has the highest percentage with the 2016 figures indicating a 3% rise, however, the rest of the country revealed a 21% increase, indicating that homelessness is not only on the increase but becoming more widespread and less of a London centric problem. The East of England showed the largest increase on the previous year of 44%, followed by the North East (42%), East Midlands (23%) and the North East (18%). An analysis by Shelter of official statistics from four different methods of recording homelessness claims that over 250,000 people are without homes in England and even this figure is “a robust lower-end estimate”.

There are many reasons why people find themselves homeless. Losing a private tenancy is currently the main reason, however, other common reasons include relationship breakdown or family and friends unwilling or unable to continue to accommodate them. Factors such as poverty, poor physical and mental health, addictions, unemployment, welfare cuts, lack of affordable housing and domestic violence can also significantly influence and increase the risk of losing your home.

Although no one is safe from becoming homeless, certain groups are more likely to find themselves without a safe place to stay such as single males and migrants. Perhaps most concerning are the levels of young people who are susceptible to becoming homeless. Centrepoint found that in 2015 150,000 young people approached councils for help as they were at risk of becoming or were already homeless. One in three of those seeking assistance are turned away unsupported. Many more fall into the category of ‘hidden homeless’ as they sofa surf through life. Research suggests that over the last three years the true figures for youth homelessness is five times greater than government statutory figures suggest.

The Homeless Reduction Bill, introduced as a private members’ bill by Bob Blackman MP, is designed to ensure that anyone facing the threat of becoming homeless receive the support they need and not just those in the designated priority groups. £48m of government funding will support local authorities to help eligible people- whether they are single or a family- for 56 days before they are threatened with homelessness. Those already homeless will get support for a further 56 days to help them secure accommodation. Free information and advice services will also be made available. The government is committed to putting prevention as the focus to deal with homelessness and to support this will protect the £315m of funding to 2020 for councils to deliver homeless prevention services. A further £40m has also been announced to intervene and help families and individuals before they find themselves on the streets.

The controversy surrounding affordable housing supply further compounds the complexities of homelessness. The recently published housing white paper sets out to reform the housing market and deliver more affordable homes for sale or rent. It will remain to be seen if the outcomes include a reduction in homeless numbers.

Join us at the Addressing Homelessness:Reducing-Preventing-Ending conference where the challenges of homelessness will be confronted, digested and discussed with a view to seek further solutions to ending homelessness.

Benefits of Attending                 View Programme

  • Gain an insight into the current homeless situation in the UK and hear what strategies are in place
    to counter the problems and prevent people from becoming homeless in the first instance
  • Hear what funding is available to support programmes to reduce the prevalence of homelessness
  • Improve understanding of the causes of homelessness and the factors that contribute to reducing a
    person to a life of rough sleeping
  • With young people making up a large proportion of the homeless community and many more in the ‘hidden
    homeless’ category, listen to how this vulnerable group is being supported
  • Hear about the health challenges facing those that are homeless
  • Discover how the Homeless Reduction Bill will change how homeless people are treated in future
  • Better understand the challenges of affordable housing supply and how shortages impact on homeless
    numbers, whilst learning how the housing white paper may alleviate the situation
  • Listen to examples of interventions that are proving to be successful and projects that are engaging
    with those living on the streets
  • Be better equipped to recognise the risks of homeless people becoming victims of modern day
  • Discuss with expert contributors how to overcome some of the challenges faced locally
  • Share best practice and experiences
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow delegates
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits

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Dr. Chris O’Leary, Director, Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chris O’Leary is a specialist in public policy and is Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is responsible for managing a number of research projects, providing leadership on the design and delivery of research and evaluation projects around public sector reform and its impact on social policy design, implementation and delivery. He manages projects that involve multidisciplinary teams (often in collaboration with academics and practitioners within and outside PERU) and mixed methods research methods. Chris has undertaken extensive research around homelessness, including the causes and impacts of homelessness, and on the effectiveness of interventions to tackle homelessness. His published research covers the effect of homelessness and access to stable accommodation in reoffending rates (2013), future need for supported housing in London (O’Leary, Goldup, Rogers, 2007), the economic benefits of housing related support services (O’Leary, 2004), and is currently conducting research on homelessness in the private rented sector. Chris’ wider research interests are around evidence-based policy making, policy failure and the interactions between traditional social policy areas. He is also a core member of MetroPolis, Manchester Metropolitan University’s research-led think tank.



David Parker-Radford, Homeless Health Project Manager, The Queen’s Nursing Institute

As Homeless Health Project Manager at the Queen’s Nursing Institute, David runs learning and networking events, writes publications and conducts policy research in the field of healthcare for the homeless.

David has been key to growing a national network of health professionals focused on improving healthcare for people who have some of the poorest health outcomes and highest needs for healthcare (the homeless, refugees, gypsies and travellers and sex workers). He has a passion to share knowledge, build awareness and educate to address the huge public health gap between people experiencing homelessness and people living in a stable home.

David edits the e-journal Homeless Health News circulated to over 1500 nationally. He has visited numerous homeless health services around the country and work on multi-partnership homeless health research, policy, practice development and campaigns at a national level. These include membership of:
• National Institute for Health Research Study Steering Groups on Homeless Primary Care and Hospital Discharge (King’s College London)
• London Homeless Health Programme Board
• NHS England Scoping Workshops on End of Life Care and Homelessness
• Lemos & Crane Labour Exploitation of the Homeless Working Group

David manages an advisory group of homeless health nurses, and a Homeless Health Network who together have created specialist health assessment guidance for using with someone experiencing homelessness. He is co-editor of the Transition to Homeless Health Nursing Learning Resource for nurses new to working in the homeless health sector.

He has written numerous articles for health journals and publications including Nursing Times, RCNI, Primary Health Care, British Journal of School Nursing, Independent Nurse, Journal of Community Nursing, Journal of Family Healthcare, Community Practitioner, British Dental Journal and Practice Nursing. He has presented to numerous conferences including Housing 2015, the QNI Annual Conference, the Lemos & Crane Homelessness Conference and chaired a session at the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health International Symposium.
He planned, managed and organised the 2016 Nursing for All: Homeless and Inclusion Health National Conference and Learning Day.

He was one of 50 sector leaders to sign a St Mungo’s campaign letter to 10 Downing Street calling for the government to put in place a strategy to end rough sleeping for people with mental health conditions.

David is teacher-trained to PTLLS standard, and has authored and delivered training programmes. He was a national strategy champion for the black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary sector with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He is trained to Social Return on Investment practitioner level and has an Award in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

His voluntary work has included for North London Action for the Homeless, and becoming a trained Equality and Diversity Champion.

Amanda Croome, CEO, Boothe Centre

Amanda is the CEO of the Booth Centre – an activities and advice based day centre which has been operating in Manchester for over 20 years. Amanda is also on the board of the Manchester Homeless Partnership as the elected voluntary sector representative and is a member of the Driver Group which supports the partnership. Amanda has over 25 years of experience of helping to ensure that people with experience of homelessness are centrally involved in the design, evaluation and delivery of the services which they use.



Jo Wilson, Volunteer, Booth Centre

Jo is a volunteer at the Booth Centre, is on the board of the Manchester Homeless Partnership and co-chairs of the Preventing Homelessness Action Group. Jo has personal experience of homelessness and addiction and has been involved in the criminal justice system. She is now using these experience to help other people who are homeless and is working with the council and other services through the Manchester Homeless Partnership to improve and re-design services with the full involvement of people who use these services.



Laura Dodge, Marketing and Communications Manager, Streetwise Opera

Laura Dodge trained as a dancer and dance teacher before working in arts marketing. She is currently Marketing and Communications Manager for Streetwise Opera, an award-winning charity working with people who have experienced homelessness. She is passionate about making the arts accessible to everyone and using creativity to boost wellbeing and self-esteem.



Shan Lloyd Williams, Head of Housing Services, Isle of Anglesey County Council

Shan Lloyd Williams was appointed Head of Housing Services at Isle of Anglesey County Council, a Council Housing stock retaining authority, in 2011 and is responsible for the whole spectrum of housing functions of the Authority, in addition to the tackling poverty agenda. She is also the Senior Responsible Officer within the Council, for the accommodation and housing workstream for the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Her role involves leading a team of officers to draw up mitigating plans to minimise effects of up to 9,000 construction workers working on the island, on the most vulnerable individuals and households on the Island, together with plans to reduce the impacts upon the local housing market.

Prior to joining Anglesey, Shan worked previously across Local Authority, Health, Social Care and Voluntary sectors and has over 20 years’ experience in Housing. Shan is a member of Housing Leadership Cymru, is a Board Member of Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru [Wales as a devolved nation] and Women in Social Housing [WISH] North Wales. Shan is a fluent Welsh speaker and is passionate about preventing homelessness.



Tatiana Gren-Jardan, Victim Support and Partnerships Adviser, Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Tatiana has extensive experience working in the anti-trafficking field for over 10 years. She is the Victim Support and Partnership Adviser for the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, providing advice and leading on senior engagement with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory stakeholders in order to ensure best-practice provision of support for victims and development of partnerships across the UK.
Previously, Tatiana worked at the Human Trafficking Foundation leading the Foundation’s development work and partnership with the civil society sector for over three years. She was appointed the Foundation’s Director in April 2015.
Tatiana started her career at the International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova, and was responsible for carrying out national awareness raising campaigns, visibility of all IOM Moldova projects, as well as relations with national and international counterparts, including mass media. Tatiana is also an experienced trainer in the modern slavery and human trafficking field.
In 2009, Tatiana won an Open Society Institute/ Chevening Scholarship to undertake a Master’s degree in Politics, Security and Integration at University College London. She is also an alumna of the US Department of State Future Leaders Exchange Programme (FLEX).


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