A psychologically informed approach to homelessness & housing

Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm


  • Seini Haynes, Lead Supported Housing Manager, Sovereign
  • Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations, Riverside

A short online workshop focusing on Homes for Cathy commitment #5, to commit to meeting the needs of vulnerable tenant groups. Discover how adopting a psychologically informed approach, which is person-centred and sensitive to tenants’ experiences of trauma, can have a significant positive impact on tenancy sustainment and preventing future homelessness. Hear from our guest speakers on how they have implemented a psychologically informed environment (PIE) within their own services and organisations and the learnings they have gained in the process.

  • Seini Haynes, Lead Supported Housing Manager at Sovereign, will share their experience of working with the University of Southampton to deliver a new psychologically informed temporary supported housing service with funding from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme. Hear how tenants shape the service and how trauma informed care – with support from psychologists and peer mentors – is changing the lives of former rough sleepers.
  • Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations, Riverside, will discuss how Riverside has widened the scope of PIE organisation-wide as part of its three year business plan, to encompass not only care and supported housing but also general needs housing. Discover how this approach is making a difference in terms of preventing evictions and abandonments and how Riverside is embedding PIE into its own organisational culture with methodologies such as strengths-based leadership coaching.

To register your place on this free workshop, please complete the form below. The workshop will be hosted via Zoom – joining instructions to follow.