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Mayday Trust and homelessness: we’re working to fix a broken system

Mayday Trust completely overhauled their organisation and the way they treated homelessness and ended up providing a much better service for those in need. What Mayday believes, and will continue to inject into the discussions, is that the solution to homelessness will fundamentally not come from psychiatry, sociology, psychology, the housing sector – although all the focus and thinking at this time is invaluable. Instead change will come from listening to people, reflecting, getting to […]

Eradicating homelessness in Finland

With the Northern Hemisphere now firmly gripped by winter, the topic of homelessness cannot be ignored. In 2007, Finland’s government set themselves the ambitious target of halving long-term homelessness by 2011 and eradicating it by 2015. Even though Finland did not achieve this ambition in full, it made considerable progress in reducing the number of long-term homeless people, with the help of the Housing First programme. This achievement is particularly striking in the European context, where in most countries the numbers of homeless people […]

Daring to be different: primary care in Wrexham

The Community Care Collaborative CIC (CCC) is a social enterprise that is working to redesign the way primary care is delivered in Wrexham.  It was set up by Dr Karen Sankey, an experienced GP who came to the realisation that many of the patients she saw daily did not need her medical help.  She regularly had days seeing patients without having to take her stethoscope out of her bag. Karen realised that what many patients […]

Co-production at the Booth Centre

The Booth Centre won first place for Excellence in Co-Production at the Homeless Link Excellence Awards 2018. In this feature their Development Manager, Amy Hinks, explains how the Booth Centre involves people with lived experience of homelessness in everything they do, and the impact it has. “Championing co-production has a huge impact both within the organisation and externally. People who are involved say it helps them feel more confident, builds their self-esteem and gives them […]

Good Help Award finalists

The Good Help Award was launched in February 2018 as part of the release of the Nesta and Osca publication Good and bad help: how purpose and confidence transforms lives. This publication explores the difference between ‘good help’ – that supports people to feel hopeful, identify their own goals and confidently take action – and ‘bad help’ – that undermines people’s confidence, and creates dependency and inaction. Although ‘good help’ is well evidenced and core to how many organisations support people […]