Annual conference hopes to strike the right chord on homelessness
Homeless Network Scotland, in partnership with Wheatley Group, is proud to present Scotland’s Annual Homelessness Conference and the release today of a packed programme and the first look at a line-up of pitch-perfect speakers.
‘Fine-Tuned: striking the right chord on homelessness’ is taking place on Tuesday 31 October 2023 at Perth Concert Hall, the very heart of a local authority area achieving breakthrough results on homelessness.
It is difficult to remember a time when global, UK and national events have aligned so acutely and with so much pressure on our local housing and homelessness systems in Scotland. The effects are already being felt by those who work or live with the challenges and who are now being relied upon to unlock solutions to unprecedented challenges.
Fine-tuned is the opportunity to explore what we all need to fine-tune partnerships, improvise solutions and scale up what works. And to find together points of hope, optimism and inspiration amid the troubles ahead.
The day is warming up to strike the right chord, with guest contributors including:
- Paul McLennan MSP, housing minister
- Thomas Glen, chief executive, Perth & Kinross Council
- Jen Ang, director of development, JustRight Scotland
- Maff Potts, director of association, Camerados
- Vonnie Sandlan, social media influencer
- Dr Beth Watts-Cobbe, senior research fellow, I-SPHERE
- Jeremy Wylie, associate, Homeless Network Scotland
And (… you may have guessed) some bursts of musical inspiration on the day too. Conference delegates will be played out by Clanadonia, Scotland’s legendary drum and pipe band.
Being human – and being brave. The conference will explore these two overarching themes across the day, recognising that the times we are living in call on us to nurture relationships, build from strengths and knowledge and grasp the nettle on the big questions. That it’s ok to make mistakes, it’s giving up that’s the real risk to progress. The day will include soloists, sofa sessions, roundtable discussions - and four specialist breakout sessions on immigration, women and homelessness, rapid rehousing and growth mindset.
Maggie Brunjes, Homeless Network Scotland’s chief executive, said: “This is an extraordinarily pressured and committed sector, and the annual conference offers some time out and the opportunity to connect, draw inspiration and share learning. If you think the day’s themes are interesting and relevant to you, we look forward to seeing you there.
“If you’re not sure that preventing and tackling homelessness is relevant to your role, then book your place today and let the conference convince you of the need to step outside our different sectors to solve a highly preventable problem in Scotland.”
A spokesperson from Wheatley Group, the event partner, added: “Wheatley Group is delighted to support Homeless Network Scotland’s Annual Homelessness Conference. As Scotland’s largest housing, care, and property-management group, our mission is ‘Making Homes and Lives Better’ for our 210,000 customers in 19 local authority areas across Scotland.
“As we find ourselves amid a cost-of-living crisis, times are undoubtedly challenging for tenants across the country. With ever-increasing pressure on local housing systems, Wheatley has a key role to play in working with public and private partners to tackle homelessness and help people into their own home.“
To view the full programme and book your place, please visit Homeless Network Scotland’s online conference page here.