San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Night Shelters: Now is the time!
Wednesday 23rd October 10.00-3.30
Central London venue.
Free, lunch and refreshments provided
Housing Justice, the national Christian homelessness campaigning charity, is holding the first ever National Conference for Night Shelters. The day is an ideal opportunity for shelter providers to network and hear perspectives from local authorities, funders, clients, volunteers, legal experts, insurers and others from within the homelessness sector.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to be encouraged, informed, envisioned and better connected that ever before - a great day whether you are a veteran shelter manager or are considering setting up a new shelter.
Who is the event for? All who are involved in action on homelessness: Existing Night Shelter co-ordinators, trustees, volunteers; People from churches and community groups considering setting up a new shelter; Homelessness professionals; Local Authority personnel; People with experience of homelessness.
Context: Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action on housing and homelessness. Housing Justice launched the forum for winter shelters in London in 2003 and still convenes this forum. HJ has been involved in supporting the development of over 40 new shelter schemes since 2003, in London and nationally, and has produced the “Shelter in a Pack” handbook.
Housing Justice continues to support the growing national network of shelters with advice, consultancy and training and is in the process of developing a Shelter Quality Mark
9.30 Arrival, Registration, Coffee
10.00 Introduction, Worship, Prayer. Led by Rev Paul Reily, Housing Justice Shelter Liaison Co-ordinator, who chairs the day.
Welcome from James Corah, Deputy Head of Ethical and Responsible Investment for CCLA
SESSION 1: Setting the Scene
10.30 The Local Authority / Sub Regional perspective. Growing needs & shrinking budgets. Opportunities for the community to address local needs. Margaret Williams, Homelessness Project Manager, East London Housing Partnership
11.00 The Guest perspective: “I was homeless and you welcomed me” Tom, Former ROBES Night Shelter Guest
11.05 Shelter Co-ordinator’s perspective. Juli Thompson, Coordinator Bradford Inn Churches
11.10 Volunteer’s perspective. Tbc.
SESSION 2 Different perspectives
11.45 - Short presentations from people with expertise on:
- Data. Alison Gelder. CEO Housing Justice
- Insurance. Marcus Booth, Channel Underwriting Manager and Paul Franklin, Regional Survey Manager. Ecclesiastical Insurance
- Legal + Benefits. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Partner Housing Law Team. Hodge Jones & Allen
- Funding. Don Wood, CEO London Housing Foundation
- Homelessness Service Provider. Rick Henderson, CEO Homeless Link
Followed by Panel discussion / Q and A
SESSION 3: Where do we go from here?
2.00 Birmingham Churches Shelter Film
2.15 Cinnamon Network CEO Matt Bird: The UK Churches response to growing social need
2.30 What Housing Justice can offer: Support Network. Expertise. Training. Increasing the impact by being part of the national network. Franchise / Quality Mark. Political perspective. Alastair Murray, Housing Justice Director of Projects
Q & A
Reflection and Closing prayer. Rev Annie Kirke
3.15 End -TEA
When & Where
Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. We unite Christians and churches of all denominations to prevent homelessness and bad housing.