Former homeless people helping to influence and design services is just one in a series of new initiatives happening in European End Street Homelessness Campaign cities.
The campaign’s Innovation Grant, which is initially funding activity in Bratislava, Leicester and Torbay, will support local partner organisations to link their work with wider efforts to end street homelessness in their cities.
Public awareness and volunteer involvement are essential in Bratislava as homeless people are not legally recognised – which means there are only limited support services. Their #InvisibleVisibility campaign will highlight these issues and contribute to changing perceptions of homelessness in the city.
Following training in Leicester, those with experience of street homelessness will talk to others currently affected to help influence and develop new services to support people sleeping on the streets.
In addition, Torbay will be using the grant to work more closely with the organisation Discus, who have had a huge impact on reducing street homelessness in Amsterdam. This will help to implement Torbay’s pioneering new Housing First programme.
Louise Winterburn, Head of the European End Street Homelessness Campaign, said:
“We are committed to supporting our campaign cities achieve their goal of ending street homelessness. They are all making significant progress – as detailed in our recent Impact Report – often because of strong support from their local communities. These grants will add a further dimension of activity and allow new initiatives to help drive action on the streets.”
Activity in other cities is currently being finalised and details will be published soon.