South East of England

The South East region covers: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent and Berkshire . Sarah Gorton is the regional manager but responsibility for the region is split as it is so large. Berkshire is covered by Caitriona Carney and Kent is covered by Gary Messenger . See contact details below.

We have more than 60 members in the South East including homelessness hostels, day centres and local authorities. Every year we ask our members and others in the homelessness sector to tell us what’s happening in their area. Our latest Survey of Needs and Provision told us that in the South East:

  • there are 23 fewer projects and 420 fewer bed spaces since 2011
  • only 14% of projects ever have empty beds
  • 42% of projects had decreased funding in 2011/12
  • the most common impact of funding cuts is decreased back office staff
  • the single biggest issue in the area is a lack of housing for individuals to move on to

If you work in homelessness, health, criminal justice, social services or employment services  you can contribute to current consultations to help influence policy.

No Second Night Out - South East

No Second Night Out (NSNO) is an initiative that works to get help quickly to those who are new to the streets, so they don’t have to spend a second night out. It is based on four main principles:

• No one should spend a second night out
• No one should arrive on the streets
• No one should live on the streets
• No one should return to the streets once they have been helped off

We are currently working to roll out the No Second Night Out initiative nationwide.

Oxford is leading the way in the South East, with services and the local authority working together to implement NSNO. If you see someone sleeping rough connect them to local services by calling Street Link on 0300 500 0914.

South East Homelessness Forum

The South East Homelessness Forum (SEHF) is a regional meeting that brings together local authorities and voluntary sector agencies, policy makers and practitioners to discuss relevant homelessness issues. The forum is supported by an executive committee with representatives from local authorities, housing association and the third sector. If you have ideas about a theme or a speaker for a meeting we would be happy to hear from you. Each meeting has updates on government policy from the DCLG , and updates from the NHF, and Homeless Link. We meet three times a year and plan to roate around different venues in the SE.  Meetings last around three hours and everyone is welcome.

 The last meeting was 15th January  in the morning in Reading   The themes of the meeting were how the courts are responding to reposession cases linked to welfare reform issues and the sanctions regime for job seekers. See below for notes and presentations.

If you would like to attend the meeting or you are not on the mailing list and would like to join the mailing list please contact sarah.gorton@homelesslink.org.uk

 

 Below is information and presentations from our meetings in 2013 and January 2014

January 2014

Court response to “Bedroom Tax” possession claims and other Social Welfare Reform cases – Jonathan Hulley Clarke Willmott LLP

Job Seekers allowance and the sanctions regime for homeless people  -

Senna Eswaralingam  Homeless Link

Update from Sarah Gorton SE Segional Manager Homeless Link

September 2013

Notes of September meeting

Homeless Link Update

Presentation from Kent Housing Officers Group

Welfare reform from Orbit

April 2013

Introduction to National Practitioner Support Service

Update from Homeless Link

Local Welfare Reform

Proactive responses to welfare reform 

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