Homes for Cathy National Conference 2023 Programme

9:15Registration and refreshments
9:45Chair’s opening remarks
David Bogle, Chair, Homes for Cathy and CEO, Hightown
10:00Opening keynote address
Mike Amesbury, Shadow Minister for Building Safety and Homelessness
10:20Panel discussion: Housing associations’ role in ending homelessness
Chaired by: Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing Association & Board Member, Homes for Cathy 
Jill Murray, President, Chartered Institute of Housing 
Francesca Albanese, Executive Director of Policy and Social Change, Crisis  
Alistair Smyth, Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation
Can housing associations really make a difference to homelessness outside of commissioned services?  What policies and practices have an impact? How can the Homes for Cathy commitments be utilised as a framework for action?  Could an increased focus on tenant satisfaction make associations more risk averse in terms of housing homeless people? 
11:05Break / networking
11:35Seminar One
Option A: Breaking down barriers: How can we ensure that ethnic minority groups are not disproportionately affected by homelessness? 
Chaired by: David Bogle, Chair, Homes for Cathy and CEO, Hightown
Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive, Curo Group
Henri Baptiste , Founder/Board Member, Pathway Housing Solutions
Deirdre LaBassiere, Birmingham Race Impact Group

Option B: Listening to and learning from people with lived experience of homelessness: How can providers embed co-production?   
Chaired by; Lorraine Mealings, Chief Executive, BCHA & Board Member, Homes for Cathy
Spiros Georgiou, Head of Care & Supported Housing, Hightown & Hightown experts by experience Jamie & Matt
David Ford, Founder, Expert Link
Greg Headley, Partnerships Development Manager, Making Every Adult Matter
12:20Improving young people’s access to safe, secure & affordable housing 
Balbir Kaur Chatrik, Director of Policy & Communications, Centrepoint 
Chaired by: Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing Group and Board Member, Homes for Cathy
Over the last few years, young people’s access to affordable, safe and secure housing has been limited by factors that constrain development, reduce allocations and decrease affordability. However, young people continue to aspire to access affordable, safe and secure housing in the social rented sector. This is because it can act as a catalyst for them to follow their goals and live meaningful lives. What role can registered housing providers play in improving young people’s access to social housing, how can we prepare young people to live independently and what approaches can unblock housing pathways? 
12:45Lunch and networking
13:30Domestic abuse and homelessness: Breaking the cycle 
Judith Vickress, Senior Housing Manager, DAHA & Standing Together and Amy Smith, Housing First and Homelessness Programme Manager, DAHA & Standing Together 
In order to break the link between domestic abuse and homelessness, survivors need access to safe, secure accommodation to rebuild their lives. How can housing associations support new tenants who have fled abuse to flourish in their tenancies? How can housing professionals identify abuse among existing tenants and support them to avoid homelessness? What barriers exist for tenants wanting to move on from their properties to escape abuse and how can property moves be facilitated? What role does supported housing have to play for survivors of abuse?   
13:55Seminar Two
Option A: Tackling migrant homelessness: How can we support non-UK nationals with restricted eligibility?  
Chaired by: Charlotte Murray, Director of Care, Health & Wellbeing, SYHA
Jennie Corbett, Principal for Asylum & Migration, GMCA
Bridget Young, Chief Executive, NACCOM
Jochen Kortlaender, Accommodation Manager, ASSIST Sheffield 
Emma Haddad, Chief Executive, St Mungo’s

Option B: Making a house a home: Strategies for equipping tenants moving from homelessness with the essentials they need   
Chaired by: Lorraine Mealings, Chief Executive, BCHA & Homes for Cathy Board Member
Ian Fyfe, Furnished Tenancies Manager, Torus
Claire Donovan, Head of Policy, Research & Campaigns, End Furniture Poverty
14:40Panel Discussion: Amid the cost-of-living crisis, how can we prevent evictions and ensure at risk tenancies are supported?   
Chaired by: Anne Waterhouse, Chief Executive, Wandle and Board Member, Homes for Cathy
Arthur Tsang , Director of Communities, Bournville Village Trust 
Aileen Evans, Chief Executive, Grand Union Housing Group
15:20Break / networking
15:45Unlocking the supply of social homes
Martin Hilditch, Editor, Inside Housing in conversation with Osama Bhutta, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter, Aileen Evans, Chief Executive, Grand Union Housing Group and Tom Oliver, Programme Director, Development, Peabody
16:15Closing plenary: Homewards, a UK-wide programme to end homelessness launched by HRH Prince William and The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales
Speaker: Liz Laurence, Homewards Head of Programme, The Royal Foundation
Homewards, a five-year locally led programme, will demonstrate that together it is possible to end homelessness: making it rare, brief, and unrepeated. Homewards will take a transformative approach to the issue of homelessness and put collaboration at its heart, giving six flagship locations new space, tools, and relationships to showcase what can be achieved through a collective effort focused on preventing homelessness in their areas. Liz Laurence, Head of Programme, will provide an overview of the programme and its aspirations, followed by a Q&A with Lorraine Mealings, CEO of BCHA, a programme partner in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, one of the six Homewards locations.
16:35Chair’s closing remarks
David Bogle, Chair, Homes for Cathy and Chief Executive, Hightown

Please note the programme may be subject to change.

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