A Visit from Crisis
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. It has existed for 50 years, and has helped many thousands of people out of homelessness, whilst continuously campaigning for change. A current key piece of work is 'A Plan to End Homelessness.' At the recent Ending Homelessness Conference (hosted by Crisis), Beneficiary Ambassadors Sandra and Deonne arranged for a member of the Crisis Team to visit Opportunity Nottingham to obtain ideas and feedback to inform this plan.
Francesca Albanese (Research Manager at Crisis) joined our Expert Citizens, Beneficiary Ambassadors, Learning and Evaluation Lead and one of our Personal Development Coordinators to explore and consider the plan to end homelessness. Francesca spoke to the group about how Crisis works, its supportive work via 11 skylight projects nationally focused on the arts, and its campaigning work focused on changing homelessness. Various topics were then discussed in small groups including; how to define homelessness, the best way to support people facing homelessness, and how to test a new definition of homelessness. All of the thoughts and ideas discussed during the session were captured by Francesca to inform future work.
The session was beneficial to all, and in particular enabled our Expert Citizens to input into plans for change at a national level.