Empowering frontline workers

The Northern Ireland Frontline Network supports workers from the public, statutory and voluntary sectors working on the frontline with those experiencing homelessness.

The network is led by the ideas and expertise of those on the frontline, finding ways to support them and their work. As part of that, the network offers funding, community and resources.

The Northern Ireland Frontline Network works in partnership with the UK wide Frontline Network so that frontline workers can come together with others to share their experiences.

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At a national level

The Frontline Network works across the UK to support frontline workers who are supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. One way the network does this is by providing funding to workers.

The Training Fund can help cover training costs, up to £500 for individual training or up to £1000 if your organisation wants to run group training. If you want to go and visit another organisation to learn and share experiences, the Shadowing Fund can help cover expenses such as transports costs and accommodation.

The Ideas Fund can help you access funding to turn an idea that will improve the situation for people experiencing homelessness into reality. The funding ranges from £200 to £10,000, for ideas big and small. You can use it to develop creative solutions and new ways of working.

The network also provides opportunities for workers to come together and share experiences and expertise at an Annual Conference and other events. You can also check out the What’s On page, that promotes events that are free or up to £30.

Regular opportunities are provided to have your say through an Annual Frontline Worker Survey and to support each other through an online discussion forum. The News and Views section also shares blogs and best practice from across the UK. A monthly e-news also goes out to all network members.

At a local level

Since 2017, the Frontline Network has been working with partner organisations across the UK. In October 2021 the first Northern Ireland partnership was launched.

Frontline Network Partners have helped to build the Frontline Network’s work at a local level, by facilitating their Network activities and regularly bringing together frontline workers.

Network Partners provide;

  • Opportunities for frontline workers to regularly come together in their areas
  • To network, share experiences and expertise
  • The potential to explore solutions to key issues affecting staff and people they are supporting
  • Links between the frontline voice and decision-makers

Join the network

The Northern Ireland Frontline Network is free to join. To register your interest and join the mailing list, complete the form below.

Visit the Frontline Network website for more information

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