What is the role of small, community and faith based organisations in reducing rough sleeping locally?

Thursday, 30 January 2020
Nationwide | Free event | September 2019-January 2020

Homeless Link and Housing Justice are pleased to host a series of roundtable events to enable the voice of small community and faith-based groups to be heard to help shape future iterations of the Government’s rough sleeping strategy.

Event overview

Small community and faith-based organisations have a long history of offering support to people who are homeless and rough sleeping. However, too often these important services are not sufficiently engaged with or involved at a local level so they can be part of the solution to ending homelessness and rough sleeping. 

Following on from a survey that asked for their views on the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and the challenges and opportunities they are facing, we are convening these events to share the findings, and look at the role that such organisations are playing in ending rough sleeping. We will also explore some local initiatives and approaches to joint working that are effectively supporting those who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness.

The events will take place in:

The survey findings, as well as the outputs from the roundtables, will be shared with Government so that they will hear directly about your views, experiences and contributions to supporting people who are homeless.

Event programme

Opening plenary: The role of small community and faith-based organisations in ending rough sleeping

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Understanding the Government’s perspective on the role of small, local organisations in tackling rough sleeping
    Catherine Bennion, MHCLG
    Jon Kuhrt, Specialist Rough Sleeping Advisor – Faith and Community Groups, MHCLG
  • Executive summary of research findings into the role you see yourself playing
    Kate Alaway, Head of Member Services, Homeless Link:
  • Questions and answers 

Table discussion: Self-evaluation of the survey findings

  • What do you recognsie within your own experiences?
  • What do you take issue with?
  • What actions might you take as a result of these findings?

Coffee break

A local response to rough sleeping

  • Chair: Kathy Mohan, Chief Executive, Housing Justice 
  • Three case studies: learning from a local response
    The Reverend Oliver Coss BSc MA FRSA SSC, Rector, All Saints' Church
    Simon Edwards, Walk Ministries
    Maqsood Ahmed, Muslim Hands (invited)
  • Questions and answers

Table discussions: Driving a local response forward to make lasting change 

  • Why do you feel the support and advice you provide is your biggest strength?
  • How can we address the complexity of need of the individuals we are supporting?
  • What response can we give to support individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds?
  • What is needed for there to be good partnership working? What are the main blocks to good partnership working?

Summary and next steps

Cost and booking

There is no charge to attend this event. Please secure your places:



Small community and faith based charities survey report