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Homelessness Conference 2017

Homelessness: Far From Fixed

Date: 22nd March 2017
Venue: St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh

The need for a strategy, co-produced with both those with lived experience of homelessness and stakeholders across the public and voluntary sector in Scotland, is now critical. Our Annual Homelessness Conference 2017, bringing together key voices from across the sector to consider the priorities for this new strategy, covered issues such as complex needs homelessness, homelessness pathways, effective prevention and the future of temporary accommodation.

Download presentations from the day

The event was chaired by Ewan Aitken, CEO of Cyrenians and included:

  • Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities will address the conference on the Scottish Government’s actions on homelessness and homelessness into the wider communities agenda.
  • Joy Williams (Homelessness Networks' Co-ordinator, Welsh Local Government Association) will be reflecting on the new Welsh  homelessness prevention legislation, giving professionals food for thought on whether Scotland is doing enough to prevent homelessness from occurring.
  • Ricky Rowledge, OBE, Chief Executive, Council for the Homeless NI (the lead network of homeless organisations in NI). Ricky will speak about the impact of a homelessness strategy in Northern Ireland, lessons learned from the 2011-2016 strategy and look ahead to the 2017-2022 strategy.
  • Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland will speak about the formation of the new agency and how housing professionals can effectively engage with it.
  • A panel discussion with leading figures from the sector including Tony Cain (Policy Manager, ALACHO), Dr. Beth Watts (Research Fellow, Heriot Watt University), David Duke, (Founder and CEO, Street Soccer Scotland) and Rosemary Brotchie (Policy and Research Manager, Shelter Scotland) will consider the topic of “A new national homelessness strategy: how do we make tackling homelessness a public policy priority”.

Homelessness Conference 2017


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NHS Health ScotlandCyrenians

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