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LHF Atlas launch shows state of the homelessness sector
LHF Atlas launch shows state of the homelessness sectorApril 2, 2014 12:00 pmThe LHF sponsored fifth annual “Atlas of Services for Homeless People in London” has been launched with LHF Chair Simon Dow emphasising the changing homelessness sector that the report describes. About 40 senior managers, Chief Executives, researchers and others gathered at the NCVO in Kings Cross to hear about the newly published report. Simon Dow, Chief Executive of Guinness Partnership and Chairman of the LHF introduced the report. He said: “This year’s Atlas show just how much change there has been in the sector over the last five years; we have lost 36 agencies, floating support services are so concentrated that three agencies almost have a monopoly and we are seeing existing providers expanding to work across a far greRead More
Pulling Together to Navigate Welfare Benefits
Pulling Together to Navigate Welfare BenefitsJanuary 9, 2014 12:00 pmThe LHF has commissioned SITRA and SHP to create a unique new training package for homeless people and frontline workers. The benefits landscape is rapidly changing, and homeless people and those who work in the sector need to keep up to date. These new training resources will provide real and tangible advice and guidance, based on people’s experience of the system. Lisa Harrison is Deputy Chief Executive of SITRA. She said: “We know that the benefits system is complex and so wanted to work with the the real experts – people experiencing the system - to design this training package. We worked with people who were homeless and the staff who advised them to find out what they felt they needed to know. Sitra ran a series of worRead More
Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homeless
Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homelessJanuary 6, 2014 12:00 pmThe London Housing Foundation is working with the London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness to present a unique conference in April 2014. The conference, 'Transforming London Homeless Nursing Services' is aimed at nurses, allied professionals, and voluntary sector staff working in homeless health across London. Speakers include Professor Viv Bennett (Director of Nursing Public Health, NHS England), Helen Mathie (Policy Director Homeless Link) and Caroline Alexander (Director of Nursing, London, NHS England). Organiser Samantha Dorney-Smith said “London nurses are at the forefront of trying new approaches to delivering homeless healthcare. This conference is organised by nurses for nurses to enable nurses and allied proRead More
LHF support Women in Prison “Through the Gate”
LHF support Women in Prison “Through the Gate”December 16, 2013 12:00 pmA grant of £93,000 over 2 years from the London Housing Foundation is helping women leaving prison to get their lives back on track. The grant was awarded to Women in Prison, an organisation that supports and campaigns for women affected by the criminal justice system. Rachel Halford, Director of Women in Prison said: “The LHF grant enabled us to provide support to over 500 women in the last year. For some this has been one off advice. For other women it has involved intensive and lasting one to one support that has enabled them to make real changes in their lives, dealing with the underlying causes of their involvement with the criminal justice system and helping ensure they don’t go straight back to prison. This project is mRead More
LHF and Centrepoint working with families to prevent youth homelessness
LHF and Centrepoint working with families to prevent youth homelessnessDecember 10, 2013 12:00 pmA grant award of £20,000 from the London Housing Foundation is being used by the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint to fund a project to help families and reduce homelessness. The Family Mediation and Reparation Pilot Project, based in Centrepoint’s Lewisham Assessment Centre, is aimed at improving family relationships and the relationship skills of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project will help families and young people before problems escalate, preventing future homelessness and saving public money. Centrepoint employ a full time, accredited Family Mediation worker to provide family mediation and reparation services to young people and families in the borough. Robynne Easterbrook, a CentreRead More
Don Wood stands down as Chairman of LHF
Don Wood stands down as Chairman of LHFNovember 4, 2013 12:00 pmDon Wood to stand down as LHF Chairman Don Wood CBE is standing down as the Executive Chairman of the London Housing Foundation. Don has been the LHF Executive Chairman for five years. He has been on the board for fifteen years in all, and will now remain a non-executive member. He said “The LHF is a fantastic organisation, and I am very proud of the work we have done over the last few years. We have awarded over £½ million in grants each year, sent a number of young managers overseas to learn from other cultures and sponsored over a decade of Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards. What pleases me most is the increasing number of good grant applications we are receiving. Our job is to fund innovation and risk takers and help smalRead More
Homelessness project for sex workers scoops award
Homelessness project for sex workers scoops awardOctober 24, 2013 12:00 pmHomelessness project for sex workers scoops award A pioneering service which helps young women get out of prostitution has won £30,000 at a prestigious awards ceremony. The Spires' Streetlink project, which works with street-based sex workers and other vulnerable young women through outreach and centre-based sessions, was named winner of this year’s Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards at the ceremony at Speaker’s House in the House of Commons today (Thursday 17 October). The annual awards, organised by London Councils, highlight innovative practice in the homelessness sector in London. A Lambeth-based service, Spires Streetlink, provides support for women with a range of complex practical and emotional needs which can include homeRead More
Free financial consultancy for homelessness services
Free financial consultancy for homelessness servicesOctober 18, 2013 12:00 pmThis is an article written by LHF Executive Chairman Don Wood and first published in 24Housing in October 2013. It is probably true to say that not many of us came into the homelessness industry because we were motivated by money. If you looked at the drivers behind most people in the sector - individuals and organisations – you would almost certainly find altruism, the desire to make a difference, a philosophical commitment to housing for all. We all wanted to help end rough sleeping; to help people who for whatever reason end up on the streets to move on, to put their lives back together. Having said that, we need to get the money right. If we don’t have enough money to live, we are of no use to anyone. And if organisationRead More