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Annual Frontline Network Conference 2019

Annual Frontline Network Conference 2019

Annual Frontline Network Conference 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Frontline Network

9.45am - 4.30pm

Mary Ward House Conference Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Frontline Network Annual Conference 2019 on 20th June! This year, we're continuing to build on the theme of ‘Wellbeing on the frontline’ and have dedicated an entire afternoon to workshops focused on frontline worker wellbeing – in response to what you told us was important to you, and highlighting the importance we think should be placed on supporting your wellbeing.
Over 800 of you completed the 2018 Annual Frontline Worker Survey and many of you told us your wellbeing remains a key issue. Of 646 people responding to the statement “I feel that my overall wellbeing affects how I interact with my clients”, 81% of you told us you strongly agree/ agree.
We recognise that maintaining positivity and resilience in an ever-changing environment of funding cuts, welfare and organisational reforms can be hard, and lead to potential burnout. Your wellbeing is an area we think needs sustained focus.
We hope this year’s event enables you to network and talk to other workers from across the UK- to inspire, support and reinvigorate you.
A bit about the day: Agenda
Registration opens at 9.45am, with a 10.30am start.
10.35am – Plenary session
11.35am - Break
Morning Workshops: 
• Workshop 1 - Universal Credit Panel Discussion
An opportunity to ask your questions about UC to a panel of experts. Chris Brill, Network Development Manager, Expert Link. Dan Norris- Head of Advice and Rights, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Jasmine Basran, Senior Policy Officer at Crisis.
• Workshop 2 - Homelessness and migration - related issues
Bethan Lant - Casework, Training and Quality Manager, Praxis, will give an overview of the latest advice for supporting people affected by migration-related homelessness.
• Workshop 3 - Psychologically Informed Environments
Dr Amanda Skeate - Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lead for PIE, St Basil’s, will cover the elements of PIE, how PIE relates to other models such as Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed, as well as the benefits for staff and service users on working in a psychologially informed environment.
• Workshop 4 - Mental Health, the workplace and you
Mental Health First Aid England - will cover: what is health/ mental health, factors that influence mental health and recovery, early warning signs of distress, barriers to seeking help, how to begin a conversation and where you can go to develop knowledge, skills, and improve your confidence further.
1.35pm - Lunch
Afternoon Workshops: 
• Workshop 1 - Responding to Vicarious Trauma
Dr Bianca Petkova - Psychologist, Women’s Aid, will cover: Professional boundaries, resilience, techniques for emotional stabilisation, and trauma informed approach to self-care.
• Workshop 2 - Building Personal Resiliance in a Fast Paced World
Jo Goodbody - Bird Movement, will cover exploring feelings that overwhelm and the uncertainties that arise in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to recognise signs that overwhelm/worry and have strategies you can implement to build and maintain resilience.
• Workshop 3 - Debriefing - avoiding taking work home with you
Steve Freeman - Voices of Stoke, will share his experiences of Solution Focused Reflective Practice when working with people identified as having ‘complex needs’ or, from an SFP perspective, ‘complex resources’. He will discuss support with and without formal supervision and some ‘survival and first aid’ strategies for those moments when a supervisor is not accessible.
• Workshop 4 - Coping strategies
Dan Farnworth - Founder of 'Our Blue Light', will explore practical solutions to dealing with everyday difficult situations faced when working as a frontline worker.
4pm – Round up
4.30pm - Finish
When registering you will be given the option to chose one workshop from the morning and one workshop from the afternoon.
This is a free event. We will also provide lunch, sweets and cake!
This event is aimed at frontline workers.
We have a limited number of early bird travel and accommodation bursaries, so if you live outside of London and would like to apply for a bursary, please tick the relevant box on the registration form to request an application.
Any questions, please get in touch: frontline@stmartinscharity.org.uk
We’re looking forward to seeing you on 20th June!