Activities

This project will work with five homelessness Day Centres in London for two years. Each Day Centre will receive training tailored to the specific needs of the organisation and the individuals within it, and have access to guidance, information and resources to support their work. Collectively, people experiencing homelessness and relevant staff will also become part of a peer-support network of people who have been a part of Day Centres across Greater London, with bi-monthly online meetings, an online platform and a programme of work to support national Government influencing.

Tailored training

Each Day Centre receives a 4-part online training programme for staff to support them begin the process of meaningfully engaging people accessing the service, covering topics such as:

  • Incentivising colleagues and beneficiaries.
  • Connecting as equals.
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities.
  • Keeping groups motivated.

Each Day Centre also receives 3 days of in-house training for staff and people experiencing homelessness to build the confidence, trust and cohesion needed for effective collective work. Groups will develop strong shared values and purpose and build their capacity to use a strengths-based approach in everything they do.

Over the two years, each Day Centre has access to 3 bespoke training days exploring topics such as:

  • Facilitation techniques
  • Telling personal stories to influence local and national change
  • Gathering evidence to influence policy

Peer support network

Each Day Centre has access to a peer-support network of people involved with Day Centres across London.

Information and guidance

People involved in the project also have access to guidance, blogs and vlogs which build on the experiences from our large network of key actors involved in this sector. Through gathering and summarising all learning from check-ins, training and monthly conversations all project participants will have a role in co-producing 'Day Centres Co-production Guidance.'

Influencing support

We work with people who have accessed day centres to influence national policy-makers.

If you would like to be involved in this work, please contact us on info@expertlink.org.uk and we can discuss the project in more detail.