Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2018 – what will you learn?

Friday, 10 November 2017 - 12:29pm

Do you have a thirst for knowledge and passion for learning? 

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Applications for the fourth Transatlantic Practice Exchange, for frontline workers in UK homelessness services open at the end of November. Take a look at the US practice topics, or propose your own and read on to find out more about how to apply.

The Exchange is an opportunity for UK homelessness staff at a senior support worker/junior manager level, to explore good practice in the US. With the support of your organisation, you’ll apply this learning to improve services for homeless people.

In our recent webinar, we shared information about the eligibility criteria, top tips for a good application and the mistakes to avoid. We also announced the topics proposed for 2018 applicants, which have been devised with the National Alliance to End Homelessness; our US partner.

US practice topics:

  • Multi-disciplinary outreach teams for rough sleepers
  • Permanent Supported Housing (Housing First) – comparison between scattered and single site services
  • School liaison services preventing and responding to youth homelessness
  • Hospices for ageing or terminally ill adults who have experienced homelessness
  • Involving people with lived experience at a strategic level
  • Working with domestic violence survivors

Propose your own topic – if our core topics are not right for you, then identify an area of US practice that can help your organisation to develop its approach. For this option, you’ll also need to research potential hosts.

Applications will be opening at the end of November.  Keep an eye on the Exchange webpage for more information, a more in-depth topic guide and to read the reports from previous years.

Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017 reports

The Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017 reports bring together learning and reflections from participants' placements with US and UK homelessness services. The UK group covered Housing First for Women, Employment, Strengths Based Practice and Critical Time Intervention. The US group explored Employment, Youth Homelessness, Engaging the PRS, LGBT+ Support for Youth, and Systems Change for Chronic Homelessness.


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Jo Prestidge

Innovation and good practice project manager

Jo is an innovation and good practice project manager, leading a range of projects and training including Housing First England and Trauma Informed Care.