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50% Subsidy on CIH’s Accredited Qualification in Providing Homelessness Services

50% Subsidy on CIH’s Accredited Qualification in Providing Homelessness Services

50% Subsidy on CIH’s Accredited Qualification in Providing Homelessness Services

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

We’re pleased to subsidise the CIH accredited certificate so that the training can be offered at £532.50, instead of £1065. The application deadline is 22nd April 2024, and more information can be found here.

The Frontline Network exists to support workers from the public, statutory and voluntary sectors working on the frontline with those experiencing homelessness. We offer funding, resources, and a network of local area forums for frontline workers to come together to network and share information and best practice. Each year we run a UK wide survey of Frontline Workers offering the opportunity to share your views and contribute to our work amplifying frontline workers’ voices to decision makers and developing our funding offer. 

Why are we subsidising the course? 

We are committed to supporting frontline workers to gain recognition for their work, and to enabling people to have the knowledge and skills needed to provide services that work for people experiencing homelessness.  

To this end we have a Training Programme that offers funded online training courses delivered by key training providers across the UK, and our Training Fund which is available to any frontline worker or team who has identified a training need that cannot be paid for by their employer. 

In 2023 we launched a pilot project with Homeless Link, subsidising places on their CIH Level 3 certificate in Providing Homelessness Services, enabling Homeless Link to offer the course at half the usual price. With many organisations struggling due to the cost-of-living crisis, at St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity we are delighted to have part funded this training opportunity. 

What does the course entail? 

Taken over 20-weeks, this accredited qualification aims to provide homelessness staff with a challenging and highly relevant grounding in all aspects of supporting people with lived experience of homelessness.  

The qualification explores core areas of homelessness and has four compulsory units: 

  • Unit 1: Homelessness services and prevention 
  • Unit 2: Role of the practitioner for independent living 
  • Unit 3: Engaging people with lived experience of homelessness 
  • Unit 4: Professional practice skills for housing 

Homeless Link trainers will deliver four sessions during the course and CIH Housing Academy tutors will assess and provide feedback on the written assignments that you will be required to submit for each unit. 

"I really recommend this course for people who have been in the sector for a while, as it's really good professional development. It's great to make you realise how much you do in your role and to build on the knowledge that you already have, and to boost your confidence” Becky, St Martin’s

So far, Homeless Link have successfully run four courses, with a further three to come in the next few months. Apply by 22nd April 2024.

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