Rough Sleeping Conference 2020 - Day 1 Programme

View the programme for day one of our Rough Sleeping Conference 2020.

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Wednesday 8th July

10.00     Opening Plenary: Everyone in for good (ends 10.55) 

In our opening Chaired by Homeless Link CEO, Rick Henderson, we will hear from those at a national and local level involved in supporting those previously sleeping rough during the Covid-19 lockdown, and what plans are in place once people start moving on from hotels.

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Homeless Link
  • Matthew Downie, Director of Policy, Crisis
  • Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes & Neighbourhoods, Birmingham City Council
  • Caroline Hattersley, Director, Women at the Well

11.05    Choice of three sessions      

Understanding the Mental Capacity Act (ends 12.10)
Barney Wells, Director, EASL
Helen Kelsall, Mental Health Social Worker, EASL

Supporting those with no recourse to public funds (ends 12.10)
Bethan Lant, Casework & Training Manager, Praxis

Learning from the Rough Sleeping Initative Areas (ends 11.50)
John Isserlis, Senior Rough Sleeping Advisor, MHCLG
Pete Smith, Senior Rough Sleeping Advisor, MHCLG

12.20      Choice of two sessions

An earthquake shook the system…What happens next for people experiencing homelessness and substance misuse?  (ends 13.05)
Tassie Weaver, Head of Networks and Operations, MEAM
Andy Ryan, Head of Service, Changing Lives

Providing effective outreach in rural areas  (ends 13.05)
John Isserlis, Senior Rough Sleeping Advisor, MHCLG

13.05      Lunch break

14.00     Choice of three sessions   

Keeping sight of women during COVID19 emergency homelessness response and moving forward (ends 15.05)
Natalie Moran, CEO, Simon on the Streets  
Cat Glew, Women's Strategy Manager, St Mungos
Kate John, Women's Recovery Co-ordinator, St Mungos

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care (ends 14.55)
Dr Roberta Babb, Third Eye Psychology

Building collaboration with small faith-based and community groups  (ends 14.45)
Jon Kuhrt, Specialist Rough Sleeping Advisor, MHCLG
Alistair Doxat-Purser, CEO, Faithworks


15.15     Choice of three sessions

Harm reduction and homelessness (ends 16.00)
Aidan Gray, Director of Development and Innovation, Porchlight

Communication for frontline services: Brain injury and homelessness   (ends 16.00)
Leigh Andrews, Speech and Language Therapist and Founder, ChgCommCIC

Working as a small faith-based and community group  (ends 16.15)
Jon Kuhrt, Specialist Rough Sleeping Advisor, MHCLG

Alistair Doxat-Purser, CEO, Faithworks

Programme for day 2

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