Crisis to hold Edinburgh employment event for World Homelessness Day

Red Crisis logo - JPEGCrisis is inviting potential employers, businesses and organisations to an event in Edinburgh today to mark World Homelessness Day.

The national charity for homeless people, in association with the International Network of Street Papers, is hosting a range of talks, with a key note speech from founder CEO of Dare2Lead John Loughton, who will also chair a panel discussion focussing on different attitudes and approaches to employability and homelessness.

Titled Changing Perceptions, the event, which will take place from 9am-12noon at the Grassmarket Community Project, will also look at employment projects throughout the world and offer network opportunities for the homeless sector and employers.

John Loughton said: “I am honoured to host this event for Crisis. It is vital we highlight and discuss this completely avoidable scourge that is homelessness across Edinburgh and the wider country. Homelessness is not only bad for those who have no home, but its affects hit us all. It’s time to stop pointing fingers, and turning heads, and start lending hands and engaging.”

Ann Landels, director at Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, added: “This event comes on a day when people across the globe might stop and consider those who – for a wide range of reasons – may have experienced homelessness in their lifetimes. Homeless people, like everyone else, possess a wide range of valuable skills and yet are often overlooked by employers. Our members however, frequently tell us how determined they are to find employment and work hard to remain so. With the right support from our services, this is often the case.

“This event provides an important opportunity for employers to think about homelessness in a different way and assess the benefits that can come from those who have experienced homelessness.”

To register visit: Event Brite

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