Download presentations and watch recordings from our national and regional workshops
Providing homes that are ready to move into: Exploring the benefits of furnished tenancies
7 September 2022
A workshop exploring how housing associations can deliver on commitment #7 to ensure properties offered to homeless people are ready to move into, with guest speakers from Karbon Homes and End Furniture Poverty.
Increasing Integration Between Housing and Health to Tackle Homelessness
22 June 2022
Guest speaker Andrew van Doorn, CEO of HACT, explores the changing landscape of the NHS and what this means for housing providers seeking to integrate with health to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
Life & Tenancy Skills to Prevent Homelessness
8 February 2021
Guest speakers Rebecca White, CEO of Your Own Place and Paula Tuck, Assistant Director of Customer Services at Saffron Housing Trust explore how, through working with an external specialist to help tenants and service users develop and improve their life and tenancy skills, housing providers can contribute to the prevention of homelessness.
Women, Homelessness & Violence
30 November 2021
A workshop exploring best practice in relation to women’s homelessness – and its links to violence and abuse – with guest speakers from the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) and the Centre for Regional and Economic Research (CRESR) and Homes for Cathy members Elim Housing and Wandle.
Housing Solutions to Migrant Homelessness: Partnership Approaches
15 September 2021
This workshop explores how Homes for Cathy members can work in partnership to meet Commitment 8 – To contribute to ending migrant homelessness in the areas housing associations operate. Although this is often cited as one of the more challenging Homes for Cathy commitments, this workshop, featuring case studies from members, proves that it is not insurmountable.
Youth Homelessness: Exploring Housing Sector Best Practice
13 July 2021
A webinar exploring the current picture of youth homelessness in the UK, the particular challenges young people face in accessing housing and support and the interventions that work, with expert speakers from Centrepoint, the AKT charity and One Housing.
Eastern Region Meeting: Exploring Migrant Homelessness
7 July 2021
Guest speaker, Simon Shreeve, from Norfolk County Council’s People from Abroad Team, explores the definitions and rules relating to homeless migrant adults with no recourse to public funds, examining local authority powers and duties as well as support opportunities and considerations.
26 May 2021
A webinar focusing on the impact and value of psychologically informed environments, not only within homelessness services but also in a wider context within housing associations.
Furnished Tenancies Workshop
14 April 2021
An online workshop exploring how members can deliver on Homes for Cathy commitment #7, to ensure properties offered to homeless people are ready to move into.
Claire Donovan of End Furniture Poverty discussed recent research which uncovered the low number of social landlords offering essential items with tenancies, and recommendations for the future.
Peter Gill of Citizen Housing shared his organisation’s experience of providing properties that are ‘move in’ ready, both from a social and commercial perspective.
Preventing Evictions into Homelessness Workshop
24 March 2021
A virtual workshop focusing on Homes for Cathy commitment #4, exploring how members can prevent evictions into homelessness. Our three speakers included Jennie Bibbings of Shelter Cymru on the charity’s newly published research in this area, Sue Dickinson, Business Improvement Facilitator at Wales & West Housing, on how they achieved just one eviction last year from 20,000 residents and Simon Young, Head of Landlord Services at South Yorkshire Housing Association, on how a cultural shift has helped them drive down evictions to single figures.
South & South West Region Housing & Homelessness Worskhop
4 February 2021
An online working hosted by Homes for Cathy member BCHA united housing associations, local authorities and charities from across the South and South West to explore a joined up approach to ending homelessness and meeting the challenges of the Homes for Cathy commitments, including meeting the needs of vulnerable tenant groups. Attendees heard from Gary Wallace, public health specialist at the Plymouth Alliance; Judith Vickress of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance; and Faye Greaves of the Centre for Homelessness Impact.
Build More Social Homes Workshop
17 December 2020
Polly Neate, CEO of homelessness charity Shelter, gave an insight into Shelter’s ‘Building Our Way Out’ report, which sets out recommendations for how the government can kick-start the economy, create jobs and level up housing inequality by building more decent social rented homes that people on low incomes can afford.
Eastern Region Seminar
17 November 2020
An online seminar hosted by Homes for Cathy member Broadland Housing highlighted the importance of a home to break the cycle of reoffending.
North West regional workshop supported by Riverside
5 March 2020
Carol Matthews CEO of Riverside discussed the partnership approached to tackling homelessness and Jacque Allen from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group focused on the homelessness picture in Greater Manchester.