Young and Homeless 2019 - workshop descriptions

Descriptions of the workshops taking place at our Young and Homeless Conference 2019

Session 1:

1. Understanding substance misuse as both a cause and continuation of homelessness for Young People

This workshop will consider how the changing world of substance misuse issues and other risk behaviours affects young people and can be both a step to homelessness and lead to behaviours and actions that sustain homelessness.

The session will:

  • explore current trends
  • consider links to ACEs/trauma
  • introduce strength-based approaches, such as contextual safeguarding to help empower professionals

2. Youth homelessness: Policy and Politics

Less than a week before the UK general election, this session will:

  • Provide an overview of hot policy topics for youth homelessness service providers
  • Consider what’s in each parties manifesto that effects youth homelessness and discuss what more the next Government should focus on in the key areas of prevention, welfare and service provision
  • Detail key policy issues that Depaul UK plans to focus on in 2020

3. Preventing and addressing young women’s homelessness: Lessons from at home or abroad

This workshop will

  • give an opportunity to learn from Young Women’s Trust Research Lead, Esther Sample and members of the National Young Women’s Advisory Panel about the housing and homelessness challenges they face in the UK today
  • discuss the solutions that are urgently needed.
  • share research on the issue including Esther’s Churchill Fellowship report on preventing and addressing young women’s homelessness, with learning from Canada, Finland and Sweden.

4. Youth violence, exploitation and youth intervention

The workshop will focus on supporting vulnerable young people between the ages of 15-24 impacted by exploitation and violence.

The session will:

  • Explore some of the key issues and risk leading to exploitation and violence
  • Highlight the links between experiences of violence and homelessness
  • Share New Horizon’s Youth Outreach project teams approach and understanding of the factors to reduce reoffending and keeping young people safe, including an outline of the practical and emotional support model as evaluated in the Standing by me learning report
  • Give examples of the collaborative solutions with statutory and non-statutory services to support the wellbeing of young people

5. Working with young people using trauma informed theory and approaches

This workshop will offer attendees an understanding of how trauma can develop and manifest in young people and provide an introduction to psychologically and trauma informed ways of working with young people.  There will be time for attendees to share their reflections on the ideas and solutions relating to working in trauma informed ways with young people. 

This workshop is intended to stimulate attendee’s curiosity to learn more about trauma theory and informed approaches to working with young people, providing a start to their learning journey, rather than the end.

6. Young, Employed and Homeless: Supporting young people into lasting employment

Employment should be a clear route out of homelessness, yet with the rise of the gig economy and zero-hour contracts, precarious employment is increasing. Without guaranteed hours and income, covering the cost of rent becomes a very real challenge.

This workshop will:

  • Present the findings of Centrepoint’s “Young, Employed and Homeless” report detailing homeless young people’s experience of precarious employment.
  • Examine what can be done at both local and national levels to support young people into sustainable employment.
  • Share practical guidance on supporting young people into lasting employment and discuss the particular challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness.

Session 2:

1. Strength-based approaches and building resilience

The first part of this workshop will provide an overview of My Strengths Training for Life, a programme co-produced with St Basils which has improved well-being and employability outcomes for young people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

The second part will introduce the soon to be launched Mental Skills Training toolkit: a practical resource to aid mental skills development, co-designed by University of Birmingham, St Basils, Youth Voice, and Homeless Link.

Workshop attendees will learn about and experience one of the tools and have the opportunity to reflect and provide feedback.

2. LGBTQ+, young and homeless

24% of young people at risk of homelessness identify as LGBTQ+ with 77% citing familial rejection and abuse as the primary cause.

This workshop will

  • Explore topics of gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Consider the ways being young and LGBTQ+ impacts on homelessness and how to best understand and meet these needs
  • Offer perspectives and solutions to this issue drawn from AKT’s research, data and the experience of former service users;

3. Implementing homelessness prevention in your area: A Sheffield case-study

This session will provide a look at how a local charity in Sheffield has set up a service to prevent the homelessness of young people, how this service works, what agencies work alongside them and how it is funded.  This workshop includes ideas on how you can implement homeless prevention in your organisation, exploring where to start in terms of funding and identifying strengths and skills that could support you to take the step towards opening your own homeless prevention service.

4. Developing a social enterprise: Creating employment opportunities for young people

This workshop will

  • Explore how social enterprise development can enable organisations to build financial resilience whilst providing opportunities for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Show case studies of successful social enterprises doing this, and hear from Fat Macy’s Founder sharing lessons and top tips on setting up, growing and running a social enterprise and managing the young people you employ.
  • Provide details of different funding options available to support this work, such as the Enterprise Development Programme and the Homeless Link Social Investment Fund

5. Changing the narrative: Youth engagement through theatre

Join Cardboard Citizens to explore the process they use to engage young people with experience of homelessness. Exercises, strategies and insight into encouraging young people to speak out, propose change, and relate to their peers to change the narrative of homelessness.  This workshop will be very interactive, so come ready to get involved!

6. Utilising a Group reflective practice model to support staff working with young people who have complex needs

Edward De Bono’s Six Hat thinking has long been a popular framework used in the corporate field to overcome problems and find solutions. The Y, Leicester along with YMCA: Lincolnshire, Burton, Sutton Coldfield, North Staffordshire, Birmingham and Wellington & Telford are using the same framework as a peer-led reflective group case discussion structure to support their journey to improving understanding and accessibility to young people who experience complex needs. Hear about the YMCA partnership working to improve accessibility to the most marginalised young people in the central region and have a go at using the six hat Thinking framework!  Delegates will take away a practical toll for working with young people who have complex needs.

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