Tackling multiple disadvantage

Monday, 8 May 2017 to Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Milton Keynes

Combining lived experience, research, policy and practice.

People facing multiple disadvantage have been pushed to the extreme margins of UK society. The links between problems like homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence, contact with the criminal justice system, domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time.

Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers, each with different skills and expertise and all committed to achieving change.  

On the 8 and 9 May 2017 we will gather again in Milton Keynes, this time also inviting researchers to join the mix. Working together we will assess progress, inspire and challenge each other, and discuss the next steps in tackling multiple disadvantage.

This isn’t a standard conference. Over two days a series of workshops will be led and shaped by delegates under four key themes.  On the final afternoon, we will explore what this means for how we move forward together.

Event programme

View the programme for the 1st day: 8 May

View the programme for the 2nd day: 9 May

We have invited registered delegates who would like to run a workshop, or present a paper to propose one to help shape the event programme. We were particularly looking for workshops that are delivered in partnership to help draw links, cross boundaries and demonstrate collaborations between individuals with lived experience, researchers, commissioners, practitioners and policy makers. Each one will fall under one of these broad themes:

  • Drawing expertise from lived experience
  • Achieving systems change
  • Understanding and responding to diversity
  • Fostering partnership and collaborations to achieve change


All tickets are subsidised due to the support of our funders and cost just £75 for a day place or £200 for the two days including meals and accommodation.

We want to ensure a good mix of expertise and so we will be allocating set amounts of tickets to different sectors . Please choose the sector closest to your interest when booking. Book your space online now to avoid disappointment.

We would encouarge as many of you as possible to book places for people with lived experience of disadvantage. For smaller organisations that are unable to afford paying for a place, there are a limited number of bursary places available. Please register your interest if you would like to apply, and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.


DoubleTree by Hilton
Stadium Way West
Milton Keynes

The hotel is located in the centre of Milton Keynes, within very easy access of the A5 and M1. Milton Keynes train station is also a short taxi ride away, with direct links to UK wide towns and cities.

Find out more about the venue.

Event partners

This event has been jointly organised by Big Lottery Fund, CalousteGulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Lankelly Chase, the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) charities (Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and Collective Voice) and Revolving Doors Agency.

Workshop Submission Form 2017

For workshop submissions - please download and complete the attached form. 


Talk To Us

Kate Alaway

Conference and events manager

Kate manages our national programme of events that address the latest topics of interest in the homelessness sector. The events include our annual conference, one-day conferences, parliamentary reception and our rolling programme of webinars.

Telephone: 020 7840 4461
Email: kate.alaway@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @ConferenceKate

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