Kent & Medway Community of Practice: From Gate to Front Door…Supporting people on Release from Prison

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Friday, 23 July 2021
Online I 10am - 12pm I Free

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”– T.S. Eliot

Supporting people who are released from prison to the streets is a significant part of the work of the homelessness sector. This session will be a chance to reflect on our current provision in Kent & Medway and to hear about a local service just being launched.

Homeless Link Communities of Practice are designed to bring together people working in homelessness and related fields within local areas. The aim is to create a safe and informal space in which attendees can share knowledge and good practice, discuss local issues and explore how best to collaboratively overcome them.

For this session we will focus on how we support people as they exit the prison system. This will be an opportunity to share information on:

  • What resources and support is available in Kent & Medway
  • What has worked for you and your team
  • What the gaps in local provision are
  • Identify ways we can collaborate to create better outcomes for the people we support.  

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To assist us with this we will have Kelly Napier from Campaign Kent CIC talking about the launch of their new service Break The Cycle. In 2016 Kelly started a campaign to address the issue of prison release to street homelessness. Campaign Kent CIC was formed in 2018. 

   ‘After a five year campaign #BreakTheCycle will soon be taking in prison leavers and accommodating in a house donated by the Diocese of Canterbury. The project is being developed using a person centred approach and a community embracing model to build self-worth and confidence prior to the guests moving on to long term accommodation. ‘

Kelly and her team are keen to connect widely with the sector and create opportunities for lasting recovery for the people they support.

We will also have a speaker from the National Probation Service talking about the new Strategy and Partnerships  which is shaping up and promises to transform the available support for people upon release from prison.

Our Communities of Practice are open to paid and unpaid workers and to people with lived experience of homelessness.

We facilitate events using a Solution Focused Practice approach so that problems are acknowledged but not dwelt on; instead, we look at building on existing resources and skills to work towards a shared, preferred future – as well as expanding knowledge where required. As this is an online event the format will vary however we will endeavour to leave you feeling positive, hopeful and better connected to the bigger picture.

If you have any queries please contact Greg at greg.headley@homelesslink.org.uk or call 07956396193

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Greg Headley

Partnership Manager (London & South)

Greg works as Homeless Link's Partnership Manager in London and the South.