Change the Story: The National Youth Homelessness Conference

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The Welcome Centre

47 Parkside



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Centrepoint is hosting the annual National Youth Homelessness Conference to share ideas with organisations working with vulnerable young people. This year's theme is 'Change the Story' – challenging misconceptions about homeless young people and how lives can be changed.

At the conference, local and national organisations working in the sector will discuss the key issues facing homeless young people.

Participants will work together to tackle issues discussed in a range of themed workshops such as:

  • Opening the door to private landlords (Doorway)

  • Pitching for pounds: how to get better at corporate fundraising (Centrepoint)

  • Exploitation of homeless young people: gangs, county lines, sexual and criminal exploitation (Catch22, Redthread)

  • Making Universal Credit work for young people (Department for Work and Pensions)

  • Youth homelessness and male mental health (Public Health England and Centrepoint)

  • Youth engagement: an innovative approach that blends sport, arts and life skills (Centrepoint and New Horizon Youth Centre)

  • Skills and employability: showcasing a forward-thinking Local Authority (Stockton Local Authority and Centrepoint)

  • The Homeless Reduction Act: a practical working example of engagement

There will also be networking opportunities, table discussions and a panel session on 'move on' opportunities. The panel will consist of civil servants, providers and local authorities.

Key speakers and workshop leads:

    • Rt. Hon. John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

    • Mark Riddell MBE, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education

    • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee

    • Seyi Obakin OBE, Chief Executive, Centrepoint

    • Lily Makurah, National Lead for Mental Health, Public Health England

    • Office of Department for Work and Pensions

    • Sue Kellie, National Head of Heath, Centrepoint

    • Jonathan Fawcett, Accommodation Officer, Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

    • Abigail Gill, Senior Policy and Research Manager, Centrepoint

    • Ray Barrett, Project Worker, Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Team, Catch 22

    • Michael Glenn, Head of Skills Development, Centrepoint

    • Carol Gallagher, Chief Executive, Doorway

    • Youth Violence Intervention Team, Redthread

    • Rt Hon. Liam Byrne MP

Additional speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Conference Spaces

Change the Story: The National Youth Homelessness Conference is suitable for managers, staff and volunteers from the voluntary and statutory sector as well as those with an interest in youth homelessness.

Centrepoint Partnering Network members receive 2 free spaces for this event. Please enter your promotional code when booking.

For ticket amendments and Network membership enquiries please contact:


Morning refreshments will be served from 9.30am for a 10:00am start.

A light lunch will be provided. Teas, coffees, water and snacks will also be provided throughout the day.

The venue

The Welcome Centre is a purpose built conference and events centre in the heart of the Midlands. This venue has excellent transport links and state-of-the-art facilities.

Directions to venue

Travelling by car
The Welcome Centre is situated close to the Coventry University Technology Centre (follow green/white signs for Tech Park). If you are using a sat nav we recommend that you use postcode CV1 2HG. Please be aware that the car park offers only 30 spaces to delegates.

Additional limited spaces are available, at the IBIS Hotel car park adjacent to the conference centre. Tickets will need to be validated at The Welcome Centre prior to exit. On busier days it is recommended that delegates utilise the multi-storey car park on New Union Street. Exit J5 on the inner ring road following the clearly marked road signs (post code CV1 2PL).

Travelling by train
The Welcome Centre is a just under a mile away from the main train station in Coventry. This is served by the West Coast Mainline (Virgin) with regular half hourly services from London which is just an hour away.

Cross Country services also stop at Coventry, linking the City to Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and other towns and cities around the UK.

The Welcome Centre is a 10 minute walk away from the station or there is a taxi rank outside (ask for the Welcome Centre, Parkside).

For more details on travel please click here -

Centrepoint Partnering

Centrepoint Partnering is a national network of organisations working together to support homeless young people. Stretching the length and breadth of the country, our partnering members provide a range of services and all share our aim to give homeless young people a future.

As one of our members, Centrepoint will help you develop your services by sharing our expertise and offering you the use of our resources. Through you, we reach thousands of young people, gaining a real understanding of the new and emerging issues. Collectively we have a stronger national policy voice to improve the situations that homeless young people face.

"Great event, good location, positive and clear speakers, lots of networking opportunities.”
Participant of the Connect National Youth Homeless Conference 2018

If you'd like to know more about the Centrepoint Partnering Scheme, please contact us at or call us on 07795453531.

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