Colchester Homelessness Sector Community of Practice - Mental Health

Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Colchester | 1.00pm-4.00pm

Join us in Colchester for the local Community of Practice meeting for February 2019. There is no charge to attend this event.


What is the event about?

At this session, we will be looking at Mental Health provision for people experiencing homelessness, pathways for those people and challenges faced by workers in accessing appropriate mental health support.

Jonathan Dickson, Senior Mental Health Practioner within the Rough Sleeper Project for Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust will be present to talk about this project, set up in the summer of 2018 to address the mental health needs of rough sleepers in that area. The day will also include updates from services in attendance, and consideration of future topics for discussion.

The event is free to attend, and there will be a light lunch provided at the start of the session.

Who is this event for?

Frontline workers, or managers carrying out frontline work in the sector. People with professional experience in related sectors, e.g. adult social care, mental health, criminal justice, housing etc. (this list is not exhaustive).

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a model of social learning for practitioners in a particular discipline. It is based on the understanding that frontline workers, carrying out the work, will have knowledge and expertise about the systems they work within that can be used to improve them, or have a real impact.

As an attendee at the CoP, you’ll have time, space and safety to discuss issues which are most challenging to you at the moment, in the company of your peers and people who understand the issues, with a view to collaboratively identifying solutions.

As homelessness numbers rise, the pressure on organisations is rising, and so are the pressures for frontline workers. The CoP is designed to allow workers the free space, time and safety to meet one another, share best practice in their area, discuss challenges, and the best ways to overcome them and to enable better networking across the many disciplines within the sector.


Firstsite Art Gallery, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH

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