Coming together to create evidence-led solutions to end homelessness for good.
Impact Forum 2021 is a week-long series of live, online events, exploring what resilience means to individuals and organisations working in homelessness and related fields, and how we can build it into our systems to support an evidence-led end to homelessness.
All events are free of charge and open to anyone. Please register for any and all events below.
Monday 7 June
The first day of the Forum will involve a deep dive into this year’s theme: the concept of resilience and what it means to individuals and organisations working in homelessness and related fields.
Ending homelessness requires unified action on an unprecedented scale, and to do it, the field will need to call upon its collective resilience to face down many urgent challenges.
Resilience represents different things to different people, but for all of us who have lived through the pandemic, it will be an essential quality to deal with years of future uncertainty. So how can we ensure that resilience is built into the systems we’re currently trying to change?
We’ll hear from experts by experience, philanthropists and policymakers to explore how resilience can be an essential tool to ending homelessness for good. We will start the week off by exploring collective resilience. We will then be joined throughout the day by some headline speakers - each presenting for around 20 minutes, followed by an audience Q&A.
What do we mean when we say "collective resilience", and what does it mean for those working towards ending homelessness?Watch recording➝
Sometimes, to rebuild our lives, we can find strength in each other. Collective resilience can take the form of mutual support.Watch recording➝
Maff Potts is the founder of Camerados - a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who get through tough times by looking out for each otherWatch recording➝
What can politics tell us about collective resilience and how can we use these insights to create support among the public and a determination from political leaders to bring an end to homelessness?Watch recording➝
Achieving social change means working with others to find a common purpose. Lasting change requires building a broad, resilient coalition that brings together people and organisations from different parts of society. What can charities and other organisations working to end homelessness learn from working with businesses to align their goals?Watch recording➝
It is well known that the arts can have a positive effect on self-confidence, self-esteem, relationship building and sense of belonging - qualities which have long been associated with resilience. In this session, David will explore the role of the arts in fostering resilience whilst also looking at the role the arts have played in his own life.Watch recording➝
What does collective resilience mean for the care of vulnerable children? Extraordinary resilience is required of children and young people who are looked after by local authorities.Watch recording➝
Tuesday 8 June
The second day of the Impact Forum will explore the politics of place, and how local governments and organisations across the world are responding to rising homelessness.
Policy-makers are increasingly recognising that community can represent an affinity among people but also an attachment to place. People can identify strongly with where they live.
In England, ministers talk of “levelling up” by spreading prosperity and opportunity more evenly across the country. They also talk of responding to the pandemic by “building back better”. How can we ensure that ending homelessness is embedded within this approach?
We’ll hear from speakers across government and third sectors about how the politics of geography has affected approaches to homelessness over the past decade and what we can do to ensure the equitable provision of care.
Some university towns and smaller cities have acute concentrations of people experiencing homelessness, owing to limited stocks of affordable housing and fewer services. How should we respond?Watch recording➝
Large cities tend to have the highest rents and house prices and often see the most visible signs of homelessness, yet they can offer the greatest opportunities. How can they end homelessness more quickly?Watch recording➝
Homelessness in towns and rural communities is often hidden. How can we ensure homelessness is not overlooked?Watch recording➝
Housing tenure can be very different in seaside towns. Do coastal communities need bespoke ways to end homelessness?Watch recording➝
Wednesday 9 June
Homelessness is a devolved issue, with policy managed by administrations in each of the UK nations, each one with its own insights and approaches to ending homelessness for good.
We're delighted to welcome ministers, policy makers, sector workers and those with lived experience from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, to hear how new approaches to evidence and policy are moving the dial on ending homelessness for good as well as honest appraisals of flagship initiatives like Everyone In.
Local authorities have been allocated £203 million to support people experiencing street homelessness under the Rough Sleepers Initiative, a substantial increase from the £112 million last year. What should their priorities be?Watch recording➝
The numbers of people presenting as homeless and experiencing street homelessness in Northern Ireland are comparatively low with elsewhere in the UK. Northern Ireland is, however, the only UK country not to have embarked on major reform of its legislative framework for homelessness.Watch recording➝
After the Senedd elections in May, the Welsh Government created a new climate change ministry covering the environment, energy, planning, transport and housing. With the environment put at the heart of decision-making, how can we ensure that work to end homelessness remains a priority?Watch recording➝
Rules for the standards of temporary accommodation have been raised in Scotland including a cap on the length of time people can be placed in unsuitable premises. A Housing to 2040 strategy has set out plans for more affordable homes.Watch recording➝
Thursday 10 June
Ending homelessness for good is only possible if we build a strong global movement to demand better evidence and data and that our sector supporters are united in this common goal.
The fourth day of the forum will be an in-depth exploration of the common challenges we share and the myriad opportunities we need to take to advance quickly and effectively.
We'll hear about how we can best create a culture of rapid rehousing and what different sectors are doing to help those with no recourse to public funds. Elsewhere we will hear what it will really take to end street homelessness and how our understanding of what works in prevention has evolved in the past year.
People sleeping rough represent one of the most vulnerable groups in society, and policies to end or reduce rough sleeping are a priority.Watch recording➝
Placing households at risk of homelessness is disruptive to families as well as very expensive for local authorities. In many places there is a commitment to rapid placement into stable more permanent housing but progress has been slow. How can we change this?Watch recording➝
Some people have a residence permit that allows them to live in the UK but may not have no recourse to public funds. What if they find themselves at risk of homelessness?Watch recording➝
The UK government has pledged to end rough sleeping within this five-year parliamentary term. Will this require a cross-Whitehall response to coordinate action and drive change?Watch recording➝
Large sums are spent by local authorities and other bodies to support people who experience homelessness even though we know prevention is better than cure. How do we know what works or what is most effective?Watch recording➝
Friday 11 June
The fifth and final day of our Impact Forum is intended to galvanise us all in working towards a future where homelessness is only ever rare, brief and non-recurrent. To do this, we know we need everyone at the table to embrace a What Works approach.
We’ll hear from evidence experts who’ve achieved great success applying evidence and data to complementary fields and from local authorities and community builders about the best ways to unite a community of partners under a shared vision.
We’ll sign off with a keynote reflection on the whole week of events and offer practical solutions to anyone who wants to get involved to end homelessness.
Organisations can often default to doing things the way they have always been done. How can we create a learning culture among people working in homelessness so that they are prepared to test long-held assumptions?Watch recording➝
A lack of rigorous research into policy interventions has left large gaps in the evidence. Many local authorities are working in partnership with community organisations to rectify this.Watch recording➝
Evidence shows that resilient communities cope better with, and recover from, crises. How can we form strong and resilient relationships within and between organisations to help us move towards an end to homelessness?Watch recording➝