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'Ending Homelessness Together Plan' - Consultation workshop

'Ending Homelessness Together Plan' - Consultation workshop

'Ending Homelessness Together Plan' - Consultation workshop

Friday, October 25, 2019

'Ending Homelessness Together Plan' - Consultation workshop

This September, a consultation workshop took place in Glasgow to hear the views of those with lived and frontline experience, on the Scottish Government's 'Ending Homelessness Together Plan’.

Please read the consultation workshop's report here.

The Scottish Government has agreed to fund the new End Homelessness Change team. The core purpose is to put the voice of Lived Experience and Frontline staff at the heart of designing services which make up the Plan to End Homelessness.

It was great to see that sixty people attended this workshop to discuss: what the ‘New Direction’ of the 'Ending Homelessness Together Plan’ looks like; and how a ‘Change Team’ is created to deliver this programme.

Ending Homelessness Together: ‘New Direction’

The ‘New Direction’ of the 'Ending Homelessness Together Plan’ was described at the workshop as follows:

  • A new duty to prevent homelessness — and clearer paths for those most at risk
  • Joined up working – less silos in services that don’t put people first
  • Preventing people having to repeat their story
  • Universal legal rights in relation to local connection and intentionality
  • New standards and time limits in temporary accommodation.

Ending Homelessness Together: Change Team

The workshop also came together to describe how a ‘Change Team’ would be comprised to deliver the 'Ending Homelessness Together Plan':

  • Balanced in terms of frontline and lived experience.
  • Diverse in geography, knowledge, skills and specialisms
  • Connected to evidence of what works.

Ending Homelessness Together: Change Lead

Within this team, the workshop also looked at how a Change Team would be driven by a ‘Change Lead’.

It was proposed that a 'Change Lead' should have the following attributes:

  • Passionate and motivated to create change
  • Working from a strong value base
  • Good knowledge of the of the plan to end homelessness in Scotland
  • The ability to translate complex messages in a simple, straightforward way; excellent listening skills
  • The ability to facilitate [potentially] challenging conversations in a positive way
  • Strong local networks to engage with and feed back to.

The “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan” (2018) includes a plan to develop a wide-reaching prevention duty as a legal backstop for those experiencing homelessness.

The High-Level Action Plan also aims to revise legislative arrangements on local connection and intentionality. It is premised that these changes will remove arbitrary barriers, making it easier to act early in preventing homelessness.

Within our latest Frontline Worker 2018 Report, we identified Frontline workers in Scotland found it slightly easier than other areas of the UK to prevent homelessness at 64% compared with Wales (73%) and Northern Ireland (89%) where it was seen as harder to prevent homelessness.

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