Supporting women - conference programme

National conference that will share gendered multi-agency approaches to providing holistic support to women.

Event overview        Book your place        Workshop descriptions

10.00 - 11.00    Opening plenary: supporting women experiencing homelessness

  • Chair: Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy & Communications, Homeless Link
  • Laura Seebohm, Director of Operations for Women's Services, Changing Lives
  • Kaveri Sharma, Director, London Black Women's Project
  • Katie Ghose, Chief Executive, Women's Aid

Questions and answers            

11.00 - 11.15    Coffee break  

11.15 - 12.15    Masterclass series I           

  • Supporting longer-term female rough sleepers: a panel discussion
    Sarah Cooke, One Manchester
    Victoria Aseervatham, Westminster City Council
    Catherine Glew, St Mungo's
  • Working in collaboration with Local Authorities to provide different models of housing and support for women at risk of homelessness due to violence or abuse
    Gill Herd, Solace Women's Aid
    Esther Sample, Safer London
  • Exploring gender differences in experiences of trauma and how this impacts on how women seek support and help
    Caroline Hattersley, women@thewell
  • Women, Violence and Immigration Control: a model practice of working to support marginalised, destitute women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
    Sandhya Sharma, Safety4Sisters North West
  • How can social investment be used to improve outcomes for vulnerable women?
    Jaishree Mistry, Homeless Link
    Karen Ng, Big Society Capital

12.15 - 12.20    Switchover

12.20 - 12.45    Ministerial address

  • Chair: Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy & Communications, Homeless Link
  • Mrs Heather Wheeler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Questions and answers            

12.45 - 13.30    Lunch    

13.30 - 14.30    Masterclass series II

  • Implementing a gender-informed Housing First service: improving outcomes for homeless women
    Anita Birchall & Amanda Bloxsome, Threshold
  • Nowhere to turn: survivors experiences of fleeing domestic abuse
    Katie Smith & Josie Austin, Women's Aid Federation of England
  • Housing Sex Working Women with Multiple and Complex Needs
    Joan Coulton & Nicki Pickup, Basis Yorkshire
    Debra Cowey, Changing Lives
  • Responding to the complexity of homeless relationships through a partnership between the homelessness sector and women’s services
    Ashley Horsey, Commonweal Housing
    Sophie Gibson, Brighton Women's Centre
    Red Mills, Turning Tides
  • Designing, delivering and commissioning cross-sector partnerships: a collaborative approach to reaching women experiencing multiple disadvantage, violence and abuse
    Lucy Watson, SHP
    Louisa Steele, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse
    Victoria Aseervatham, Westminster City Council

14.30 - 14.35    Switchover

14.35 - 15.35    Masterclass series III

  • Women’s Health and  rough sleeping; delivering support and healthcare to women sleeping on the streets
    Sarah Walters, Inspiring Change Manchester
    Roz Hughes, Medical Village
    Delissa Shortman
  • Abuse and homelessness: supporting women experiencing  homelessness who have also experienced, or are at risk of experiencing domestic abuse
    Ruth Atkinson, AVA
    Jessica Southgate, Agenda
  • Identifying victims of modern slavery amongst homeless women and understanding how to intervene to protect them
    Hekate Papadaki, Hestia Housing & Support
    Ashley Horsey, Commonweal Housing
    Kossar Butt & Eva Markova, Solace Women's Aid
  • Providing coordinated, gender-informed services to support women facing multiple needs
    Chair: Vivienne Hayes, Chief Executive, Women's Resource Centre
    Lisa Young & Tessa Horvath, Homeless Link Associates
    Rebecca Steele, Lancashire Women's Centre
  • Prison to home: resettling women offenders
    Dr Jenny Earle, Prison Reform Trust
    Ursula Ralph & Rachel O'Connor, Inspiring Change Manchester

15.35 - 15.50    Coffee break

15.55 - 16.45    Closing panel: how to create systems change to improve the situation for women experiencing homelessness

  • Chair: Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy & Communications, Homeless Link
  • Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive, Agenda
  • Anne Fox, Chief Executive, Clinks
  • Laura Furness, Head of Funding, Big Lottery Fund
  • Helen Gavaghan, MEAM
  • Cat Glew, St Mungo's

16.45                Close of conference

Talk To Us

Kate Alaway

Kate Alaway

Head of member services

Kate is our head of member services managing the team who work directly with our members across England.

Telephone: 020 7840 4461
Email: kate.alaway@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @connectingkate