Resilience is found in strong relationships among family members and neighbours, among people and places, and between individuals, within and between organisations – and evidence shows that resilient communities cope better with, and recover from, crises.
Throughout week 4 of the festival, we will explore the critical role that strong relationships will play in reaching a sustainable end to homelessness. These conversations will cover the importance employment support in preventing homelessness, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s physical and mental health, and interrogate the role of law enforcement in the context of homelessness.
We will also hear from leaders and practitioners from service providers and local authorities about how they can stay motivated and focused in the face of the challenge to end homelessness.
In this inspirational address, Terence Lester, speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty will speak honestly and openly about his experiences of homelessness, his non-profit, ‘Love Beyond Walls’ and his latest campaign, ‘Love Sinks In’.Find out more ➝
A discussion on how acting quickly when it comes to using data can enable us to make more effective interventions in the homelessness space, with Professor Jeff Liebman from the Harvard Kennedy School.Find out more ➝
Chaired by Nancy Hey from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, this event looks at wellbeing during COVID-19 through an evidence-informed set of principles. This will include a discussion of the pandemic's wider mental and physical health effects on the public and how these will have to be countered and the role that resilience plays.Find out more ➝
A panel discussion on how employment support can be effective in preventing homelessness.Find out more ➝
Carál Ní Chuilín - Northern Irish Minister for Communities - will provide us with firsthand insight into the steps being taken by the Northern Irish Government to tackle homelessness in Northern Ireland.Find out more ➝
Families experiencing homelessness have limited access to Health, Social Care and Education. Shared Health have been working with Homeless Families to collaboratively find solutions to the barriers faced. Shared Health's clinical team will share details of proactive interventions which work across sectors and localities and provide an element of much needed advocacy for homeless families.Find out more ➝
Join us for this session chaired by Pat McArdle, CEO Mayday Trust with Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice for Adults and Jonathan Breckon, Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, as we explore the necessity of both good evidence and relationships on good service delivery.Find out more ➝
Chaired by Rosanne Haggerty, CEO of Community Solutions and a globally recognised leader in her work to end homelessness, this session will discuss the importance of effective leadership during a time of crisis like the one we are currently experiencing.Find out more ➝
This event brings together policy experts and experts by experience to discuss the wide-ranging implications of policies that effectively criminalise homelessness and poverty.Find out more ➝
This workshop brings together the participants of our What Works Community pilot from East Ayrshire and Southend to discuss their involvement in the programme. You will have the chance to ask questions and find out more about how to get involved with the new What Works Community as a local authority.Find out more ➝
Join senior leaders from the three local authorities that participated in our What Works Community pilot programme to find out how their involvement has enhanced their approach to using data and evidence in practice.Find out more ➝
This session arms to harness the collective wisdom of the group to practically identify some of the key issues around motivation in our work today, and start to look at potential ways to address them.Find out more ➝
The Centre for Homelessness Impact is proud to present the work of the artist Anthony Luvera as part of the Impact Festival 2020. Working in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness, these works tell stories about individual experiences, and the systems and services that shape people’s everyday lives.
This guided meditation by Greater Good in Action is designed to strengthen feelings of concern and empathy for the suffering of others.More
What keeps activists and women human rights defenders going? Collective and self-care are key. This infographic from the Global Fund for Women shows how we can apply lessons from the women on the front lines of defending human rights to keeping our own activism strong and healthy.More
This memorial by the Museum of Homelessness remembers with love the 1468 people who have died whilst homeless since October 2017, when the count began.More
In Tell Them Who I Am, anthropologist Elliot Liebow carefully investigates and documents the patterns and routines of homeless women. These are not the most visible homeless, Liebow tells us, not the "throwaway" homeless we see on the street. Rather they are members of the larger but less visible majority of people who are homeless but who still retain connections with society.More
The story of author Catrina Davies, who after finding herself living in a cramped box-room in a shared house in Bristol, working several jobs and struggling to pay the rent, decided to move to her childhood home of Cornwall and re-build a tiny, dilapidated shed into her new home.More
Biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.More
Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass by Scottish rapper and author Darren McGarvey, also known as Loki, is a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018. Arguing that both the political left and right misunderstand poverty as it is actually lived, McGarvey sets out what everybody – including himself – could do to change things.More
Diary Of A Squat was written by Jean Delarue during his time at 1 Clapham Road, an autonomous housing project for people who were homeless during Thatcher’s 1980s. It was situated in Belgrave Children’s Hospital, a landmark building that still stands opposite Oval Tube Station. 1 Clapham Road housed migrants finding their feet, pensioners without pensions, ex-prisoners, thieves, depressed philosophers, drug addicts, and middle-class idealists. This link allows you to stream or download the audiobook for free.More
This podcast series is brought to you by people who have been affected by homelessness. The podcasts belong to this group, it's their voice, covering topics that are of interest to them and showcases the diversity of their hidden talent, creativity, and potential. A project by Accumulate, the Art School for the Homeless.More