"Programme _ Information National Supported Lodgings Conference"
National Supported Lodgings Conference 1st October 2008 – Park Inn Hotel, York Programme & Information Conference Information Date: Wednesday 1st October 2008 Networking Dinner the previous evening on Tuesday 30th September (£10 to be paid on the night) Venue: The Park Inn Hotel, North Street, York, YO1 6JF Telephone: 01904 459988 Aims: To provide national perspectives on, and practical approaches to, establishing and maintaining Supported Lodgings Schemes Audience: This event is for managers and practitioners in local authorities, housing associations and the voluntary sector who are running or establishing a Supported Lodgings Scheme. Registration Conference registration is free of charge. There are a limited number of spaces. Due to high demand one place per organisation will be allocated on a “first come, first served” and further basis. information: To register for a place please complete attached form and email to: Lisa Payne, Agenda Event Management Ltd: email@example.com Telephone: 0797 377 8884 Join the networking dinner on 30th September for only £10. Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The Park Inn Hotel is offering a discounted rate for conference delegates of £75.00 single occupancy and £89.00 double occupancy. To book, delegates should contact the Park Inn Hotel directly, quoting reference AGE1009. www.york.parkinn.co.uk Updates on the conference will be available online from mid July at: www.communities.gov.uk/youthhomelessness Conference Background The conference is sponsored by Communities and Local Government through the National Youth Homelessness Scheme and organised by York Nightstop Charity and YMCA England. The National Youth Homelessness Scheme (NYHS) is a central element in Government plans to prevent and tackle youth homelessness particularly among 16 and 17 year olds. Initiatives have included: a web‐based knowledge resource for local authorities and their partners www.communities.gov.uk/youthhomelessness ten Centres of Excellence leading regional events and raising awareness of effective working to prevent and tackle youth homelessness a programme of small grants to local authorities to enable implementation and testing of improvements in services to young people York Nightstop Charity is a community response to the problem of homelessness amongst young people. Covering York and parts of North Yorkshire it provides emergency and temporary accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16‐25 in the homes of volunteers. Projects include: Safe and Sound Homes (SASH): Supported Lodgings Scheme in York 5 local Nightstop Projects in York and North Yorkshire A consultation group, the Voice, which brings together young people who have experienced homelessness to share their views and inform policy and practice throughout York. www.york‐nightstop.org.uk or contact Silvia Ursprung 01904 622233 sursprung@york‐nightstop.org.uk Conference Programme Tuesday 30 September 08 18:00 Arrival and Registration 19:00 Dinner with opportunity to meet with other delegates (£10 to be paid on the night) Wednesday 1 October 08:45 Registration for new arrivals 09:30 Dennis Little, Supported Lodgings Host, York Chair’s Welcome ‐ the ups and downs of being a Supported Nightstop Charity & conference Chair Lodgings host 09:45 Val Keen & Anna Whalen, Specialist Advisors Preventing and tackling youth homelessness: national for youth homelessness, CLG perspectives on Supported Lodgings 10:15 Paul Marriott, Chief Executive, Depaul Trust A movement for change: involving local communities in tackling and preventing homelessness 10:30 Question session 10:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK (networking & stalls) 11:15 Breakout sessions 1. Northwest Supported Lodgings Forum How to set up Supported Lodgings 2. BYHP, Oxfordshire Marketing and recruitment of quality hosts 3. Young Devon Training and supervision of hosts 4. Independent Consultant Financial issues for Supported Lodgings 5. HYHG & Stevenage District Council Providing a holistic service 6. London Borough of Lambeth The Prodigals: youth homelessness prevention 12:15 LUNCH BREAK (networking & stalls) 13:15 Shelter's Youth Panel Young people’s experience in Supported Lodgings 13:30 Bob Broad, Southbank University & Judy What do we know about Supported Lodgings so far? Walsh, Fostering Network Current research about care leavers 13:45 Question session 14:00 Breakout sessions 7. Depaul Trust & York Nightstop Charity Using an integrated approach ‐ short, medium and long‐ term accommodation schemes 8. Bournemouth Borough Council Assessment of Supported Lodgings hosts 9. NCH Calderdale Young person's participation in Supported Lodgings 10. John Short, Independent Consultant Extending foster care post eighteen 11. Mendip YMCA & South London YMCA Supporting and resettling young people 12. Croydon Council & CAYSH Supported Lodgings ‐ a flexible solution 15:00 REFRESHMENT BREAK (networking & stalls) 15:15 Carl Wain, Manager, Supporting People York The changing world of commissioning services for young people 15:45 Question session & Chair’s closing remarks 16:00 Depart Programme may be subject to minor changes Breakout Sessions Abstracts Morning North West Supported Lodgings Forum: How to set up Supported Lodgings Drawing on the experience of forum members of a number of different schemes, this workshop will provide a guide on how to set up Supported Lodgings. This workshop will be of interest to local authorities looking to commission Supported Lodgings and will consider how Lodgings can provide a cost‐effective service that fits within existing provision. Roz Denson, BYHP, Oxfordshire: Marketing and recruitment of quality hosts The recruitment of hosts is the biggest challenge that Supported Lodgings coordinators face. Supported Lodgings is a fairly new concept and is a vocation that will inevitably only attract a limited number of people. The workshop will provide participants with practical guidance on how to compile a marketing campaign on a limited budget to recruit good quality hosts. Mary Bridget, Supported Housing Manager, Young Devon: Training and supervision of hosts Assessing and approving hosts and then making placements is often a priority for workers/schemes. However, keeping and maintaining them is key to a successful scheme and achieving outcomes. As such the quality and amount of support we give to these placements is critical, but often this vital element 'falls off the end' with presenting competing demands. However, in the longer term we have found it saves times and achieves more if we equally prioritise the preparation and training of hosts along with providing regular recorded supervision. John Short, Independent Trainer and Consultant: Financial issues for Supported Lodgings The aim of the workshop is to explore financial issues relating to developing and operating Supported Lodgings Schemes. The workshop will highlight funding mechanisms, Income Tax, National Insurance and welfare benefit issues for hosts and welfare benefit issues for young people living in Supported Lodgings. These topics will be considered within the context of schemes and individual placements for both 'looked after' young people and young people who are 'in need' (Section 17). Reference will be made to the different legislative frameworks relating to young people in and leaving care and those deemed vulnerable who have not been 'looked after'. Glenn Middleton and Debbie Lovelock, Herts Young Homeless Group and Sukhvinder Rai, Stevenage District Council: Providing a holistic service In July 2008 HYHG launched a new integrated service for young homeless people as a result of a successful tender submission to Hertfordshire County Council. This workshop will look at the move towards partnership working between the statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as the benefits of jointly commissioned support services. Winston Brown, Housing Options Development Manager, London Borough of Lambeth: The Prodigals: youth homelessness prevention The Prodigals is a film and educational resource that highlights some of the complex issues that young people experience as they start to face life choices, make their own decisions and explore their independence. This workshop will discuss the issues highlighted particularly the risk of homelessness due to family circumstances. Breakout sessions may be subject to minor changes. Sessions can be selected by participants on the day of the conference ‐ there are a limited number of spaces in each session. Breakout Sessions Abstracts Afternoon Susan Trenerry, Depaul Trust Nightstop UK and Alex Hunt, York Nightstop Charity: Using an integrated approach ‐ short, medium and long‐term accommodation schemes This workshop will show the importance of an integrated approach and coherent plan for homeless young people from first presentation through to Supported Lodgings placements. The concepts of Nightstop, crash‐pad and Supported Lodgings will be defined and the benefits of having previous work done by crash‐pad and Nightstop before moving into Supported Lodgings will be discussed. A case study from York Nightstop Charity will show how it works in the practice. Mike Lane, Accommodation Social Worker, Bournemouth Borough Council: Assessment of Supported Lodgings hosts Mike Lane has set up and runs a successful Supported Lodgings Scheme in Bournemouth. He had the benefit of being able to look at various assessment styles and develop one that meets the specific needs of the scheme. So if you are looking at developing or reviewing your host assessments, then this workshop will be for you. Lowis Read, Supported Lodgings Coordinator, NCH Calderdale: Young person's participation in Supported Lodgings This session arguments the importance of young people's participation in the running of a Supported Lodgings Scheme. NCH will share good practice and ideas on how to include young people in all areas of Supported Lodgings, from assessments, approval, training and supervision. John Short, Independent Trainer and Consultant: Extending foster care post eighteen The aim of the workshop is to explore issues relating to extending foster care placements beyond a young person's eighteenth birthday and the funding and legislative frameworks associated with enabling this to happen. The workshop will explore the different approaches that several authorities have taken to extending foster care placements, or converting them to Supported Lodgings. These topics will be considered within the context of the 'Care Matters' framework and the 'Stay Put' pilots. Reference will be made to Income Tax, National Insurance and Welfare Benefit issues for hosts and Welfare Benefit issues for young people. Karen Deverell, Mendip YMCA and Bernadette Keane, South London YMCA Supporting and resettling young people Mendip YMCA has been running short‐stay lodgings for over 15 years and South London YMCA runs a scheme service specifically targeted at BME young people in a borough where homelessness is disproportionately high among ethnic communities. This workshop will look at ways of supporting young people in lodgings and developing young people’s housing pathways. Participants will have the opportunity to find out about ways of effective working with families to rebuild connections and how to engage landlords and secure suitable move‐on accommodation. Eileen Harkess, Leaving Care and Independence Service Manager, Croydon Council and Tony Hall, Chief Executive, CAYSH: Supported Lodgings ‐ a flexible solution Croydon Council and CAYSH have been offering Lodgings since the mid 1990's. This workshop will explore how service have been commissioned and tailored for a number of needs including lodgings for 16 to 18 year olds as an alternative to foster care and the use of Supported Lodgings to prevent the use of Bed and Breakfast. Breakout sessions may be subject to minor changes. Sessions can be selected by participants on the day of the conference ‐ there are a limited number of spaces in each session. Map & Directions The Park Inn Hotel is a 5 to 10 minute walk from York Railway Station. York Station is managed by National Express East Coast and has connections to all major cities including London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Scotland. There is also a regular shuttle bus service running between York Station and Leeds/Bradford Airport. For further travel information please go to: www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com The hotel has limited parking spaces and there are also city centre car parks nearby. www.york.gov.uk/parking/parkingmap.html Park Inn Hotel North Street York, YO1 6JF Telephone: 01904 459988 www.york.parkinn.co.uk