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Dear Colleague

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of e-newspage; a bulletin for everyone working, living or using services in Glasgow who wants to end homelessness. e-Newspage will brief you on what’s relevant – practice, training, events, research and monitoring information. While this will always have a Glasgow focus, comparisons may be made with housing and homelessness issues across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Please do get in touch with your suggestions for the next edition – and update your diary with key training and events listed.

Glasgow Homelessness Network is proud to be an Investing in Volunteers achiever, having received the award in 2016 for the 3rd time. We value our volunteers and remain committed to volunteering within our organisation.


What's New


Manifesto Summaries: 2016 Scottish Parliament Election | Scotland

In the run up to the Scottish Parliament election on 5th May a number of housing and homelessness organisations have set out their key priorities for the incoming Scottish Government in relation to temporary accommodation, affordable housing and making use of the Parliament’s new powers in relation to welfare benefits.  GHN has prepared a summary of these key priorities, as well as an overview of major party pledges in relation to housing and homelessness which you can view here (Word).

Navigate also welcomes the manifesto from the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance with their focus on ensuring that we continue to uphold the rights of marginalised people and listen to their views, opinions and voices.  You can view the SIAA manifesto here. From the perspective of ending poverty and inequality in Glasgow, GCVS have produced a manifesto which can be read here. (PDF)

Relocation of North East Community Homeless Service | Glasgow

The North East Community Homeless Service, currently based at the Barlanark Community Centre, 33 Burnmouth Road, G33 4RZ, relocated on Tuesday 3 May 2016 to:

Easterhouse Social Work Team
1250 Westerhouse Road
G34 9EA

Tel: 0141 276 6153
Office opening hours Monday to Thursday 8.45 to 16.45pm & Friday 8.45 to 3.55pm

Glasgow's Draft Housing Strategy | Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is preparing a new housing strategy document for 2017-2022 and is consulting on a range of issues reflecting partner and community views. An Evaluation Report 2011-2016 (PDF) is available online. The Housing Health and Social Care Group (HHSCG) provides a housing focus within an agenda centred on health/social care issues. An Interim Housing Contribution Statement 2016 (PDF) is available now. The Housing Strategy Team have also prepared a series of factsheets on housing in Glasgow to keep up-to-date with emerging trends and issues. Factsheet 5 (What is a Housing Strategy?) is now available. (PDF) 

Crisis UK Homelessness Conference | UK

GHN were delighted to attend the Crisis UK Policy Conference in London entitled Innovation and Devolution: Doing things differently to end homelessness.  The conference provided the opportunity to collectively consider the common homelessness problems that exist across the different UK nations and learn more about the different approaches taken in each to affect positive change.  With discussion about the new legal duties in Wales to prevent homelessness and proposed changes to the legal homelessness framework in England, we also got the chance to learn more about tackling homelessness from further afield including Finland, the USA and Canada. The conference was an excellent opportunity to meet people working in the homelessness field across all parts of the UK and consider whether developments elsewhere could help us here in Scotland.

Precis (PDF) | Presentations (PDF)

Barratt Action Group | Glasgow

A group of residents living in Priesthill have had a breakthrough in their fight for improvements to their flats. A few years ago, concerned residents got together and formed a group who’ve been working hard to have their voices heard. Glasgow Homelessness Network, working on behalf of the Poverty Leadership Panel have been supporting the group for the last year to secure a commitment and investment to make changes.  The City Council have committed to work with the residents to identify the best way to improve the flats and to ensure any works that are carried out will not carry too much of a cost to home owners. A meeting has been arranged for May the 10th (click here for details - PDF) where the next steps will be explored. Follow the Barratt Action Group on Facebook.


Housing and Homelessness: Where now for service user involvement? | Scotland

If service user involvement  is about giving people who use services a voice, then co-production makes sure that voice is equal. While the idea of co-production has been around for many years, it has only recently started to be understood as about delivering services with people rather than for them. An equal relationship between professionals, people using services and their communities – everyone benefits when service are delivered in this way.
GHN’s SHIEN (Scottish Homelessness Involvement & Empowerment Network), along with Shelter Scotland and the Scottish Co-Production Network recently came together with people who have experienced homelessness and people who work in related fields to explore how we can build on current best practice and find ways of embedding co-production as the standard method of working in homelessness services.Find out more about the event here.

A Poverty Strategy for the City | Glasgow

On the 30th of March, the Poverty Leadership Panel hosted an event at the Pearce Institute in Govan. The event brought together local people and organisations tackling poverty to create a new poverty strategy for Glasgow. The Poverty Leadership Panel was formed 3 years ago to tackle poverty head on and, uniquely, to make sure people experiencing poverty were at the heart of the work. Councillor Matt Kerr welcomed everyone, where we then heard very inspiring people describe the challenges of living in poverty. The event was a chance for the Panel to take stock and invite others across the city to join the fight against poverty, while gaining a personal insight into how poverty affects people daily.  Each lead responsible for tackling an aspect of poverty within the action plan hosted a round table discussion, which invited people to share their thoughts and ideas. More information on how your organisation can get involved in this work can be found here.

Change the frame: journeys out of homelessness | Scotland

Change the frame is a project led by IRISS in collaboration with a range of partners to explore homelessness in Scotland. The project includes case studies, personal stories of lived experience, an evidence summary, key messages from field research, audio recorded discussions, and guidelines for designing services which include peer approaches. Visit the report website.


Destitution in the UK | UK

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Glen Bramley, Filip Sosenko, Janice Blenkinsopp, Sarah Johnsen, Mandy Littlewood, Gina Netto and Beth Watts
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a new report into destitution in the UK which found that 1.25 million people, including 312,000 children, were destitute at some point in 2015. Read the findings or the full report here.


Glasgow’s ESF Employability Pipeline | Glasgow 

Glasgow City Council held an information session on 30th March 2016 about Glasgow’s ESF Employability Pipeline and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) Glasgow Youth Gateway. A Q & A guide (PDF) and presentation (PDF) is available from the day. Please note that the employability pipeline tender documents are now available at the PCS Tender website with specialist  homelessness input being sought for local consortia with a lead agency. 

Funding Opportunity - Help The Homeless | UK

Help The Homeless provide grants to assist in the purchase of capital equipment to medium-sized registered charities. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than offer shelter or other forms of sustenance. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit their website.

FareShare FoodCloud | UK

FareShare FoodCloud is a new scheme which matches service providers with a local Tesco store that has unsold food available to collect, for free. Over 700 charities and community groups have already signed up to take part. FareShare FoodCloud will be rolling out to 800 Tesco stores by the end of the year, go to to register your interest. Alternatively, for the Glasgow and West of Scotland area, you can send an email directly to


What's Happening

Mary Barbour Awards | Glasgow

Parkhead Housing Association  are recognising the contribution of women who follow in the footsteps of Mary Barbour's community campaigning in Glasgow with a new award. More information on the criteria and nomination form here (Word).

All submissions should be sent to by Tuesday 31st May 2016.

SFHA Tenant Insight: make the most of your intelligence! | Scotland

Tuesday, 10 May 2016
An event for customer profiling and segmenting for business purposes as well as ensuring housing associations can support their tenants and wider communities. More information from the SFHA website.

Marie Trust Rough Night Event - 20th May 2016 | Glasgow

The Marie Trust, a day centre in Glasgow that helps homeless, socially excluded and disadvantaged people, are running a fundraising and awareness event in May. Rough Night will involve sponsored participants sleeping rough at Skypark on Friday 20th May 2016. Poster (jpeg) and registration form (pdf) are attached for more information.

2016 FEANTSA Policy Conference | EU

Leveraging the European consensus to win the fight against homelessness
9 - 10 June 2016 at Palais d’Egmont 
FEANTSA's annual European policy conference brings together homelessness practitioners from across Europe, showcasing various innovative practices and addressing the causes and symptoms of homelessness. This years's conference will be held in Brussels with an emphasis on the Belgian national Housing First experiment. Find out more and register here.

Second International Conference on Housing First | International

7-9 July 2016, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland
The aim of this Conference is to share knowledge about research, practice, policy and activism and promote the international dissemination and sustainment of Housing First Programmes. For more information or to book a place, visit the conference website.


Homelessness World Cup 2016 | Scotland

The Homelessness World Cup will take place in George Square, Glasgow on Sunday 10 July and run until Saturday 16 July. The Square will be converted into an outdoor street football venue for the event, with three purpose built pitches with seating. Entry is free every day, and tickets are not required. More information from the Homelessness World Cup website. To volunteer for the event, visit Glasgow Life.

Fratello 2016 | EU

Fratello is an association which organises and hosts events with and for people in situations of exclusion. This year Fratello is organising the European Festival of Joy and Mercy, which will allow 6,000 people to meet Pope Francis in Rome in November 2016. For more information visit the Fratello 2016 website.

Glasgow's Annual Homelessness Conference will be held this year on October 4th 2016 at Glasgow City Chambers. 

More information to follow. 
In October 2015, our conference had the theme of "Health and Homelessness". Read the report here.(PDF).

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