An opportunity for discussion and for the development of new ideas to improve the lives of vulnerable and homeless people in Bristol
The evidence shows that homelessness is a complex problem that often has multiple causes which play out on an individual level. Tackling and preventing homelessness involves more than homelessness services. Many people who experience homelessness face a number of complex and overlapping issues, such as drug and alcohol addiction, mental health problems, childhood trauma, poverty and destitution. A multidisciplinary, joined-up, evidence-based approach is key to providing appropriate interventions and support to some of Bristol’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Research and evidence is crucial in helping us to understand the nature of homelessness and what methods are the most effective in addressing it. By hearing about some of the key issues and through sharing your experience of what works in practice, you can play a role in improving the effectiveness of current interventions.
This one-day conference will bring together commissioners, researchers, key stakeholders and representatives from homelessness charities and other organisations providing specialist support services. Come hear from an array of speakers on how research and evidence can help us to tackle homelessness.
This event will:
Share some examples of key issues currently affecting homelessness.
Provide participants with an understanding of what recent evidence says about ‘what works’ in supporting people who are homeless and those with multiple and complex needs.
Provide examples and deepen understanding of the practical application of research and evidence.
Provide a forum for participants to share information on best practice.
Increase awareness of existing research and promote knowledge sharing within the local homelessness sector in Bristol.
Provide information on evaluation techniques.
Provide attendees with an opportunity to build contacts and networks with other sectors.
Key Speakers Include:
Stephen Gaetz: Stephen Gaetz is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub. He is also President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness. Dr. Gaetz is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development
Crisis Policy & Research Team: Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. With more than 40 years of work they’ve built up a huge body of expertise and experience directly influencing policy and practice. Crisis also delivers and commissions research to better understand the causes and nature of homelessness.
Kesia Reeve: Dr Kesia Reeve has been undertaking research in the field of housing for 15 years, during which time she has delivered and managed over 30 research projects for a range of organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Welsh Government, Crisis and various local authorities.
Beth Watts: Dr Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE (the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research), Heriot-Watt University. Her research interests include homelessness, rough sleeping, youth homelessness, social housing and welfare conditionality, in the UK and comparatively. She works on the Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded Homelessness Monitors, a ten-year (2011-2021) project exploring the impacts of the economic downturn and welfare reform on homelessness. She has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter.
This event is funded by the Housing Studies Association http://housing-studies-association.org/