Case studies

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From creating working HR systems to sending young people to Philadelphia. The common thread among all the people we work with is a desire to make a difference.

How Safe is the Safety Net?
How Safe is the Safety Net?January 4, 2017 3:36 pmThe LHF has supported the London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness for a number of years. We help to fund their annual conference, which brings together professionals from across London to share good practice and discover what other projects are working on. The conference also asks the difficult questions and challenges assumptions to help drive the policy agenda. In 2016 the theme was “How Safe is the Safety Net?” and speakers and small groups discussed the changes in the system and the impact they were having on homeless people.Read More
Supporting Catering at the Margins
Supporting Catering at the MarginsNovember 27, 2015 2:14 pmA grant award of £22,000 from the LHF has been used at the Union Chapel in Islington to support the catering training programme. The London Housing Foundation is funding the 3rd and 4th stages of the unique Margins Catering Project. This offers homeless people experience and training in catering. It is unique in two ways: firstly the business is real, providing the catering for all the gigs at the famous Union Chapel in Islington over the year. If the service doesn’t work, people don’t get fed and money is lost. Second, all participants get paid a real wage. This is not a voluntary job or a placement, it is a real job. This means that when the programme ends trainees have genuine experience and have learnt not only how to worRead More
Sending Staff to the USA!
Sending Staff to the USA!November 27, 2015 2:09 pmA grant award of £15,000 from the LHF was used to send 6 managers from St Mungo’s Broadway to the USA to study how they tackle homelessness. The team from St Mungo’s Broadway visited homelessness projects and met key political and community leaders. Their remit was to see what we can learn from services in the US. The team decided to go to Portland and San Francisco. These are two cities with large homeless populations, but they take a very different approach. San Francisco recently launched a plan to end homelessness in ten years, and Portland has made rough sleeping illegal. The cities also have a reputation for innovative, specialist services, run by grass roots organisations, including projects for young people, women anRead More
LHF and St Basils – a new way of working with homeless people
LHF and St Basils – a new way of working with homeless peopleNovember 27, 2015 12:18 pmA grant award of £15,000 from the LHF is supporting St Basils in Birmingham in a radical new approach to helping young people who are homeless. St Basils, Birmingham £15,000 Period: Nov 2011 - Nov 2013 In June 2011, St Basils who work with homeless young people aged 16-25, embarked on a 3 year pilot training project in partnership with DCLG, Southampton University and the local Mental Health Trust. This project aims to train staff in core therapies to ensure young people accessing all St Basils services develop the emotional and psychological resilience needed to overcome the multiple challenges of being young and homeless. Research by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in 2010 into complex trauma and homelRead More
LHF Working with SLYMCA
LHF Working with SLYMCANovember 27, 2015 12:16 pmA grant award of over £54,000 from the LHF has allowed the South London YMCA to help homeless people get back to work. South London YMCA £54,000 January 2012 The partnership is a consortium of eleven homelessness organisations in London who came together to promote the concept of customer employment within their own organisations and across the voluntary sector, by sharing job opportunities with the other members. The partners developed the scheme to promote the principles of the highly successful Thames Reach GROW (Giving Real Opportunities for Work) Programme in their own agencies. To the end of January 2012, some 196 paid and voluntary jobs had been offered through the partnership, with 85 customers making successful applicatiRead More

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