Have you lived experience of homelessness and want to influence Homeless Link’s work?

Monday, 19 June 2017 - 1:31pm

Homeless Link is currently seeking new Expert Advisory Panel members with lived experience of homelessness to join us in developing our work. 

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As a membership organisation, Homeless Link hears first hand of how national policies are impacting on individuals experiencing homelessness and with mutliple and complex needs. The number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010; the welfare system,  rather than supporting people into employment, is leaving many people without the resources to meet basic needs. Services that support people who are homeless  are facing uncertainty around their future funding, at a time where there is a shortage of appropriate affordable housing for people to live in.

Homeless Link is committed to working with the new Government to ensure homelessness remains high up the political agenda and everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it. We are, therefore, calling on people with lived experience of homelessness to join our Expert Advisory Panel and work with us to influence Government and bring about change.

What is the Expert Advisory Panel?

The Expert Advisory Panel works with Homeless Link in developing our work. Members draw on their experience to share views about future and current government policy, and input into current and future research projects Homeless Link is undertaking.

Recently, the panel has worked on our response to the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, the MEAM response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into Universal Credit and put questions to politicians at a Mayoral hustings event.  The panel has also been key in asking Homeless Link to recruit people with lived experience to our Board.

What does being an Expert Advisory Panel member involve?

Belonging to the panel gives people opportunities to be involved in research, feed into Homeless Link work and receive training.

The Expert Advisory Panel meet six times per year at our Aldgate office. The agenda is set jointly by members of the Panel and Homeless Link staff.

We provide travel expenses upon receipt and a £15 Tesco Voucher for people’s time. Expert Advisory Panel members also receive access to new reports, research and briefings and a subscription to Homeless Link e-bulletins with the latest sector news, good practice, jobs and more.

How can someone join the Expert Advisory Panel?

To join the Expert Advisory Panel you will need:

  • Lived experience of homelessness and a willingness to communicate the issues faced by homeless people
  • Energy, enthusiasm and willingness to participate in meetings
  • Willingness to listen to other people and the ability to work as a team with individuals within the panel and staff at Homeless Link
  • An interest in feeding into homeless policy and practice work
  • Commitment and ability to attend meetings regularly.

If you are interested in joining, please download and complete this form and email to Chris Brill on chris.brill@homlesslink.org.uk by Friday 14th July. Interviews with potential panel members will be held at our Aldgate office on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July.

If you have not experienced homelessness but work with people who have, then please share details of this opportunity with them. If you would like any further information, please email Chris Brill or call 0207 840 4421.

Expert Advisory Panel meetings are held at our Aldgate offices, which will make attendance difficult for those outside London. Homeless Link will be contacting members shortly about our Champions Network and how people with lived experience of homelessness from outside of London can engage with this.

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Chris Brill

Chris Brill

Policy manager

Chris is our policy manager with particular responsibility for a number of areas including welfare and migration.

Telephone: 020 7840 4421
Email: chris.brill@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @ChrisBrillHL