Introducing the 2017 Exchange Top 10

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 10:45am

Following a competitive application process, we’re pleased to confirm the successful participants for the 2017 Transatlantic Practice Exchange. 

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Over the coming months they’ll each spend a fortnight with a host organisation, focusing on their chosen topics to improve good practice in homelessness services.

Our UK group are currently being matched with their US hosts:

  • Alex Smith from Changing Lives, Newcastle, exploring how a critical time intervention approach can inform support interventions on high risk transitions such as prison discharge.
  • Michael Corbishley from SHP, London, looking at the potential to use critical time intervention across a range of client groups and in tandem with other approaches such as PIE.
  • Ruth Wallbank from VOICES, Stoke, examining how a strengths-based approach that starts from an underlying principle of client empowerment can enable systems change.
  • Sam Forsdike from C4WS Homeless Project, London, looking at what kind of support for both clients and employers can improve access to employment.
  • Louisa Steele from St Mungo’s, London, exploring how Housing First works with chronically homeless women to promote safety and build resilience.

Our participants from the US and their hosts:

  • Daniel Auflick from Matt Urban Hope Center, Buffalo NY, researching how social enterprises serve people experiencing homelessness, hosted by Providence Row in London.
  • Isabel Kindberg from My Friend’s Place, Los Angeles CA, looking at how permanent social connections interact with the cycle of youth homelessness, hosted by 1625 Independent People in Bristol.
  • Nicole Bramstedt from Urban Pathways, New York City NY, studying how engagement with landlords enables access to the private rented sector, hosted by Crisis in London and Edinburgh.
  • Tyler Harmon from Friendship Place, Washington DC, looking at strategies and services for LGBT homeless youth, hosted by Albert Kennedy Trust in London.
  • Wendy Scott from Greensboro Urban Ministry, Greensboro NC, examining complex needs and collaborative working within the MEAM approach, hosted by Fulfilling Lives in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

We’d like to thank everyone who applied, as well as all the hosts who volunteer their time.

Keep up to date with the latest developments using #homelesslearning, and look out for guidance and updates on the project page. Applications for 2018 will open in November. 

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Tasmin Maitland

Head of innovation and good practice

Tasmin leads our innovation and good practice team, managing a range of projects including guidance, the Transatlantic Practice Exchange and the Hostels Action Learning series.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP