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Executive briefing - 'How do we end homelessness'

22 March, London

About the event

As the latest official figures reveal, the number of homeless people in England continues to rise and while the causes of homelessness are complex and overlapping, we need solutions to help as many people avoid becoming homeless in the first place as possible. Tackling homelessness is not just about getting people off the streets, it’s also about understanding the underlying causes of why people become homeless in the first place so that we can develop ways to help people as early as possible. People who provide services to tackle homelessness are working in an increasingly challenging environment but change is on the horizon via the Homelessness Reduction Bill and it will be important to make sure the new measures are a success.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, will explore:

  • The wider policy environment and its impact on efforts to tackle homelessness
  • The changes being proposed by the Homelessness Reduction Bill
  • What successful implementation of the new Bill would look like

After the presentation Jon will welcome questions and discussion from the delegates. We’ll finish the briefing with a drinks reception and networking session where you can continue to discuss and debate with fellow professionals.

Why should you attend?

Gain an improved understanding of how the wider policy environment is affecting organisations’ ability/capacity to tackle homelessness at a local level. You will hear about the progress of the Welsh prevention duty to date and will have the opportunity to explore what learning can be shared in preparation for a similar framework in England.

Hear from our specialist speaker

Speaker: Jon Sparkes, chief executive, Crisis

Prior to joining Crisis in 2014, Jon was Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF. He led the partnership between UNICEF and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 which raised £5m and played a significant role in fundraising for children affected by the conflict in Syria.

Previously Jon was Chief Executive of SCOPE, the national disability charity, delivering services for disabled people with complex support needs and campaigning for the right of disabled people to choice and control over their own lives. Jon was also the Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium and worked closely in alliance with disabled people’s organisations.

He has wide-ranging experience across the charity sector, including as a trustee of SeeAbility, a charity for disabled people with a sight impairment, and through working voluntarily for charities. He has also worked on economic development projects in areas such as long-term unemployment, support services for lone parents, and employment improvement projects with black and minority ethnic communities.

Before working in the third sector, he was a Human Resources Director in the both the public and private sectors. He is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), formerly a member of the Editorial Board of People Management magazine and Vice President of the CIPD responsible for Diversity. While leading Scope, Jon chaired an ACEVO working group bringing forward recommendations for voluntary sector chief executives for improving employee engagement.

Timings and location

Delegate registration: 17.00-17.30

Presentation: 17.30 – 19.00

CIH, 7th Floor, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

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Non-member rate: £25 + VAT

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