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Homelessness & Housing Summit 2018

Discovering Telford’s response to reducing homelessness and helping people reach the summit of their potential.

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A celebration of partnerships

Hosted by Maninplace, Telford's homelessness charity, the "Homelessness & Housing Summit 2018" brought together local partners and organisations working together to reduce homelessness in the borough of Telford and Wrekin.

The first of its kind, the event was a showcase of local support services offering assistance to people experiencing difficulties with addictions, substance misuse, mental health conditions, and other impacting factors as a result of their homelessness.

We welcomed guest speakers who give an insight into the national response to reducing homelessness in our communities, and the impact on services following the implementation of the new Homelessness Reduction Act, as well as future government plans for supporting housing funding.

A wealth of speakers

Among our guests were the newly elected Mayor of Telford, Cllr Raj Mehta, who spoke of his appreciation for the close partnerships working together to reduce street homelessness and assist the vulnerable of our communities.

Delegates heard from keynote speakers representing Telford & Wrekin Council, Homeless Link, South Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Trust and Telford’s Inspire to Thrive support partnership.  In addition to the summit keynote speakers, service users representing Maninplace, KiP@Maninplace, Stay and YMCA shared their experiences and gave thanks for the support that has helped them achieve a better quality of life and prevented a return to rough living.

The Marketplace had its official opening before the summit got underway, and we were delighted to have a long time supporter of Maninplace, Deputy Mayor of Telford Cllr Stephen Reynolds, open the Marketplace. This gave an opportunity for local support services to link with each other, develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones.