NI Homelessness Conference

Thursday 10 October 2024

Riddell Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE

Early bird discount is available until 31 July 2024

With unprecedented need for homelessness services, increased use of private “non-standard” accommodation and recognition that we need a different approach, this one-day conference will focus on unlocking solutions to homelessness through collaboration.

Delegates will be provided with invaluable insights into the strategic operating environment and the challenges faced by funders, service providers and people living in supported accommodation. During the day, we will have excellent contributions from leaders and innovators from across these islands – UK and Ireland, who will share their experiences and learning on how they overcame barriers to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Our conference is designed to ensure maximum participation, including people with lived experience, and will provide space and time for practitioners to contribute through workshops, discussions, Q & A speaker panels and delegate polls.

Tickets cost £95 (ex. vat) for members of Homeless Connect and £145 (ex. vat) for non-members.

Until the end of July, we are offering early-bird tickets with a 10% discount.

 

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Lígia Teixeira

CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact
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Grainia Long

CEO of the Housing Executive
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Bob Jordan

CEO of the Housing Agency
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Maria Jennings CBE

Chair of Homeless Connect

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Richard Ramsey

Chief Economist at Ulster Bank

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Workshops

Housing First

This workshop will explore the concept of ‘Housing First’ and provide insights in to how it can be utilised to provide effective support to people experiencing chronic homelessness. Participants will hear about the evidence base for Housing First; how it has been utilised in other countries; and consider how its use could be expanded in NI. 

Psychologically Informed Environments

This interactive workshop will introduce you to the concept of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs), particularly the pillar “spaces of opportunity” before taking you through a guided exercise using the PIEs self-assessment process. The session will use the self-assessment process to look at the wider service environment in which we all work within, identifying key actions which could help in moving towards a sector-wide psychologically informed environment.

Supporting people using substances

This workshop- which will be led by expert practitioners from Extern- will provide insights into contemporary trends in substance use in NI as well as practical advice on how services can best support people impacted by addiction.

Housing Solutions

 In this workshop, Social Bite will be discussing their role and the journey which led to the creation of Social Villages of modular accommodation for people experiencing homelessness across Scotland. The session aims to reflect on what has been done in Scotland to provide alternatives to hostel and non-standard accommodation and discuss the potential for such a project in Northern Ireland in response to the temporary accommodation crisis.

Co-production

In this workshop we will be exploring the topic of co-production looking at and reflecting on real life examples of it being used in specific projects and services. The session looks to unpick what ‘good’ coproduction means and looks like in practice – giving participants practical tips to take away and implement in their own services/ projects.  

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Can you help us bring about change?

We want to work with people who care about those experiencing homelessness. If you think you could give of your time to help we have a wide range of opportunities.

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