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As the current Parliament's term draws to a close, the goal to end rough sleeping remains unmet and rough sleeping figures continue to rise. We need to take this opportunity to reflect on which policies and initiatives are working to prevent rough-sleeping or support those experiencing it, and which are not, and what more needs to be in place.

This conference will bring together the homelessness sector to share effective policy and practice in rough sleeping support.

In a range of keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive breakout workshops our expert speakers will reflect on the rough sleeping picture of recent years; showcase the great practice in the sector; and explore what the future of funding and rough sleeper strategy should look like.

Join us online to explore what is needed for the sector and the people we support to thrive!

Who is this event for:

Voluntary sector and local authority staff working to reduce rough sleeping and supporting individuals currently or at risk of sleeping rough.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matt Downie, CEO, Crisis
  • Katie Dalton, CEO, Cymorth Cymru
  • Enver Solomon, CEO, Refugee Council
  • Harpal Bath, Head of Multiple Disadvantage, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council
  • Rob Anderson, Director of Knowledge Implementation, Centre for Homelessness Impact
  • Isabella Harriss, Best Practice & Innovation Manager, Housing Justice
  • Eleanor Watts, Area Manager, Riverside
  • Gill Taylor, Strategic Lead - Dying Homeless Project, Museum of Homelessness
  • Will Neville, Rough Sleeper Outreach Team Lead, Herefordshire Council
  • Niall Read, Head of Operations, Turning Tides
  • Dee Cunniffe, Policy Lead (Substance Use and Hepatitis C), London Joint Working Group
  • Rory Weal, Strategic Policy Lead - Rural Homelessness, English Rural, and Chair of the Rural Homelessness Counts Coalition
  • Tom Neumark, CEO, 999 Club
  • Zisca Burton, Volunteer Coordinator, 999 Club
  • Elle Warrener-Davis, Managing Director, Derby City Mission

Sessions will include:

  • Adult safeguarding: Preventing and learning from rough sleeping deaths
  • Rural Rough Sleeping: An underestimated challenge
  • Providing gender informed outreach
  • Night shelter transformation: Building back stronger
  • Homelessness and inclusion health: Ensuring easy access
  • Supporting non-UK nationals
  • Using data to prevent rough sleeping: Getting the full picture
  • Climate change and homelessness: Discussing current and future severe weather provision
  • Launch of Homeless Link’s Partnership Self-Assessment: Stonger together
  • Substance misuse and harm reduction
  • Support not punishment: Working with the police to prevent criminalisation of people sleeping rough
  • CoLab Exeter’s multi-agency wellbeing hub: Compassion, collaboration and community

Recordings from the day:

Need to miss a session on the day? Presentations from all sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to watch (or rewatch) up to a month after the conference.


Ticket type Early bird rate - book by 13 February Advanced rate - book by 19 March Last chance rate - book after 19 March
Small HL Member (turnover <£500k pa) £45 £55 £65
Standard Homeless Link Member £65 £75 £85
Non-member £95 £105 £115
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