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A Conversation on Homelessness: Part 2

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Cardiff and Vale College

Dumballs Road

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Last November, we held a very successful and enlightening 'Conversation on Homelessness' event, which many of you took part in. Afterwards, many gave their time and energy again to take part in four workshops. We looked at how to raise the profile of issues around homelessness and how we, as a business community in the capital city, might provide support and opportunities for training and work. I would like to thank everyone who took part. There was some passionate discussion, lots of ideas, and an honest appraisal of how the business community might help to banish homelessness.

We are now planning our next meeting to build on those workshops. We’d like to facilitate a discussion which will lead to two or three concrete proposals that’ll help ensure that those facing homelessness receive the support they need to get themselves back on their feet, into a safe and secure home, and the training or work experience they need to find lasting employment.

One of the key observations from the workshops was that, in order to prevent future generations of homeless people on our streets, we should focus on youth homelessness.

Since I wrote my initial blog piece, which was the catalyst for the Conversation on Homelessness, I've learned much more about the issue and taken expert advice. What I have found is that homelessness is a hugely complex issue, that there are no quick fixes, but that the business community has an important role to play if if we are to eradicate it.

The meeting to continue our Conversation on Homelessness will take place at 5.30pm at Cardiff and Vale College on Dumball's Road. I know that some of you were unable to attend previous events due to other commitments, but you are very welcome to join us in our continuing discussions. This isn't a call for businesses to dip their hands into their pockets as part of a fundraising bid: it’s an opportunity for us to use our experience and expertise to help come up with solutions for lasting and sustainable change.

Hope to see you there,

Chris Nott

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