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The London Homelessness Awards 2016
The London Homelessness Awards 2016March 23, 2016 12:00 pmBlogThe London Homelessness Awards are the country’s leading homelessness awards. They recognise and highlight innovative practice in the homelessness sector in London. Sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter and the London Housing Directors the awards have a prize fund of £55,000, with £30,000 going to the wining project. The awards are open to all projects in London working in the field of homelessness. This is not only the voluntary sector, but housing and social services departments, NHS and related public sector health organisations, registered social landlords, or a partnership of agencies. Last year, the top prize was awarded to the Asylum Support Appeals Project based in Tower Hamlets. The project provides Read More
Case Study – Paul
Case Study – PaulMarch 21, 2016 12:00 pmBlogThe London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness is organising a conference in May 2016. The theme is 'How Safe is the Safety Net?’. We will be looking at how the current system works with vulnerable women; migrants and those with complex needs. In the run up to the conference, we will be publishing a series of case studies of people we have worked with; people who can often get lost in the net. For more information about the conference click here PAUL Paul previously lived and worked legally in the UK for many years, but for the past 14 years he has been a visa overstayer. He has had 1 application and 2 appeals to stay in the UK on Human Rights grounds turned down. Paul does not want to return to his country becauseRead More
Case Study – Serena
Case Study – SerenaMarch 14, 2016 12:00 pmBlogThe London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness is organising a conference in May 2016. The theme is 'How Safe is the Safety Net?’. We will be looking at how the current system works with vulnerable women; migrants and those with complex needs. In the run up to the conference, we will be publishing a series of case studies of people we have worked with; people who can often get lost in the net. For more information about the conference click here SERENA Serena is 24, and has learning disabilities. When we first met her she had 2 children who had been taken into care. Serena had been in foster care herself, but had left her foster care placement at 16 to be with her boyfriend, who then abused her. This led to a Read More
Report on Study Tour of DePaul International Slovakia and Ukranian Projects
Report on Study Tour of DePaul International Slovakia and Ukranian ProjectsFebruary 19, 2016 12:00 pmBlogREPORT TO THE LONDON HOUSING FOUNDATION BOARD ON OUR STUDY TOUR OF DEPAUL INTERNATIONAL SLOVAKIA AND UKRAINIAN PROJECTS TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER TO FRIDAY THE 11TH DECEMBER 2015 INTRODUCTION Ian Brady, Simon Dow, Clare Miller (for the Slovakia trip), Jeremy Swain and John Stebbing representing the LHF, joined Mark McGreevy and Alexia Murphy from DePaul for this return visit to Slovakia and the Ukraine. In Slovakia we were hosted by the wonderful and very tired looking Juraj Barat and his team, in the Ukraine by the irrepressible Vitaliy Novak and his team and we wondered again at how DePaul find and retain these dedicated folk, to work, sometimes in very difficult circumstances…. It’s a miracle! Real progress and hope in Slovakia,Read More
LHF Executive Chairman Awarded CBE
LHF Executive Chairman Awarded CBEJanuary 19, 2016 12:00 pmBlogLondon Housing Foundation is pleased to be able to congratulate our Executive Chairman, Simon Dow, on the award of his CBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Simon, who until autumn last year was Group Chief Executive of the Guinness Partnership, received the award for “services to Housing and Homeless people”.Read More
Providence Row Catering Trainee Scheme: A blueprint for success, by Dom Gates
Providence Row Catering Trainee Scheme: A blueprint for success, by Dom GatesDecember 1, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThe last year has been a big year for Providence Row. A few weeks ago our Catering Trainee Scheme scooped second place at the prestigious London Homelessness Awards, in memory of Andy Ludlow We’re over the moon to be receiving recognition for our innovative approach; an approach that we realised early on garnered strong, positive outcomes for our clients. Although the scheme focuses on food, I believe the heart of the success of the scheme is our investment in, and commitment to, positive risk-taking in a supportive environment. It was this risk taking that impressed the LHA judges. We offer a personalised service which takes into account the challenges of rough sleeping and/or living with substance misuse or mental health issues. FRead More
ASAP – the story of a London Homelessness Award winner
ASAP – the story of a London Homelessness Award winnerNovember 6, 2015 12:00 pmBlogHere at the Asylum Support Appeals Project we were elated to win the top prize of the London Homelessness Awards: In memory of Andy Ludlow. Our project is unique, and we have worked hard to find innovative solutions to the ever changing situation that asylum seekers face. Our trustees, staff and volunteers have shown unprecedented levels of commitment to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in our society today, can access a roof over their head and food to eat. We work with destitute asylum seekers, which to be completely frank; can often be an unpopular group of people in the UK. Their reputation muddied by false truths and often complete myths perpetuated by much of the press, and many politicians. So to get this positRead More
Does homelessness affect women more than men?
Does homelessness affect women more than men?October 22, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThings that appear interesting can sometimes just confuse…. Homeless Link carried out research recently among 3000 people sleeping rough and found that women were more likely to use cocaine and heroin than men. (The Guardian reported the story in its inimitable style saying women were more likely to use heroine. Which I suppose is true? Later editions corrected this.) Their research showed that a third of homeless women reported having used heroin in the last month, compared with 28% of men, while 31% of women had taken cocaine or crack cocaine compared with 29% of men. They also found that more women use heroin-substitute methadone than men and there is greater use of other prescription drugs in females. The media coverage onRead More