London PLUS Project

The PLUS Project is a partnership between Shelter and Homeless Link. Funded by London Councils, we support organisations, boroughs and landlords in London working with people who are sleeping rough, homeless, or in housing need. Our work has a strong partnership, cross-sector working and equalities focus. 

What the PLUS Project can offer you

All PLUS Project activities are funded by London Councils, which means there is no cost to you.
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Good practice events and networking forums - online 

Our good practice spotlight events and forums focus on the latest policy, innovation, good practice and research in the homelessness and related sectors. They are open to London-based borough officers, frontline staff and landlords and offer fantastic networking opportunities. Details of upcoming events will be advertised in the monthly PLUS newsletter and on Homeless Link's website.

Health and Wellbeing In Focus 2021-22

The pandemic highlighted the interconnection between health and homelessness and prioritised the health of people sleeping rough in a new way. New and profound partnerships developed between health professionals and homelessness agencies. Moving forwards we need to build on these partnerships and widen our health focus beyond Covid-19. 

To ensure that health remains front and centre of our response to homelessness, the PLUS Project will be focusing our work until end March 2022 on Health and Wellbeing. This will include our events and much of our briefings and training offer. Our events series will include topics such as:

  • Understanding the role of healthcare in the homelessness sector 12th July 1-4pm

  • Accessing Mental Health support for people experiencing homelessness 16th September 1-4pm

  • Integrated Care Systems

  • Barriers to accessing healthcare

  • Building effective partnerships with the health sector

  • Delivering innovative and good health approaches for people experiencing homelessness

  • Health and Wellbeing for Staff and volunteers

If you have any comments, suggestions for events/briefings or examples of good health practice, please get in touch any time.

Health and Wellbeing Cohort Training

As part of our Health and Wellbeing in Focus work, we will be running a series of training sessions for a Cohort of 20 staff or volunteers who are in Team Leader or Managerial Positions. The training will consist of 3 training days followed by 2 reflective practice sessions in smaller groups. You will need to be available for every session to take part.

29th September Stress, Vicarious Trauma and Managing Wellbeing 9:30-4pm

13th October Reflective Practice and Resilience 9:30 - 4pm

17th November Implementing and Managing Change. 9:30 - 4pm

1st December Reflective Practice Groups 1 & 2 either 10-1pm or 2-5pm

8th December Reflective Practice Group 3 2-5pm

5th January Reflective Practice Groups 1 & 2 either 10-1pm or 2-5pm

12th January Reflective Practice Group 3 2-5pm

To read more and apply, please see our attached information sheet. Application information is included at the end of the Information Sheet.

Training - all currently held online due to Covid-19

Our training courses delivered by Shelter cover a wide range of topics including:

  • homelessness law

  • systems leadership

  • making effective homelessness applications

  • European Nationals' Housing Rights

  • domestic violence and housing

  • telephone skills

Borough Work

We attend borough/sub-regional homelessness networks and forums to keep you updated with the latest policy develoment, funding and partnership working opportunities.

The project provides more intensive support to outer London boroughs who have seen homelessness figures recently increase.

Special Initiatives work

From approximately August 2021 until February 2022, the PLUS Project will carry out research into the experiences of People of Colour using London's homelessness services. 

Policy briefings and homelessness information updates

We send out a monthly email newsletter with the latest homelessness news, consultations, training and events.

We also provide regular briefings on CHAIN data and statutory homelessness trends to keep you up to date with the state of homelessness in London.

The opportunity to feed into consultations and influence decision makers

There are regular opportunities to feed into Homeless Link consultations. If you need support around responding to a particular policy or consultation please London.Plus@homelesslink.org.uk.

Our work with other London Councils funded projects

The PLUS project is working with other agencies funded by London Councils, including domestic and sexual violence, homelessness and No Recourse to Public Funds. Further details of projects can be found on London Councils website.

 

London Councils