Impact Forum

Coming together to create
evidence-led solutions to end homelessness for good.
Our Impact Forums bring together the most influential thought leaders, policy-makers and practitioners, entrepreneurs and people with experiences of homelessness in a different UK city to exchange ideas, share, learn and collaborate.

Our last Impact Forum took place in person at the Custard Factory, Birmingham, and online, on 23 June 2022. Find out what was discussed or revisit your favourite moments from the day by watching the session and performance recordings from the event on the schedule below.

Birmingham Impact Forum 2022
Event schedule

We're delighted to have heard from a wide range of experts including Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and Eddie Hughes, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will be speaking at the Birmingham Impact Forum.

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Birmingham Impact Forum 2022 schedule and session recordings
June 23, 2022 9:00 AM

Jon Fuller

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June 23, 2022 9:30 AM
Welcome and outline of theme and sessions

Dr Lígia Teixeira, CEO, Centre for Homelessness Impact

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June 23, 2022 9:50 AM
Nowhere left to turn: homelessness among people denied state support

For most people who experience homelessness, support is available even if it can be difficult to access. But what happens when that support isn’t available and there is nowhere left to turn?

Bonnie Williams, Director of Housing Justice Cymru (Chair), Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, Josephine Whitaker-Yilmaz, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Praxis, Elaine Cameron, Chief Executive of Refugee Survival Trust, Karen Ferguson, Operations Manager at Connection Support, Kuda Maramba, speaker with lived experience

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June 23, 2022 10:40 AM
Coffee break

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June 23, 2022 11:00 AM
Homelessness in the West Midlands: what does the future hold?

A brief speech from Andy Street, followed by questions from Chloe Deakin, Birmingham local and producer with a passion for community

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

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June 23, 2022 11:30 AM

Surfing Sofas is a writer from London, who uses his work to break the stigmas based around homelessness and raise awareness of the homeless crisis in the UK. Join us to hear some of his latest poetry.

Surfing Sofas

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June 23, 2022 11:40 AM
Prevention is better than cure: access to primary care for people experiencing homelessness

When it comes to our health, prevention is far better than cure. This session will focus on how we can remove the current barriers people experiencing homelessness face when trying to access healthcare, and why early intervention is often not an option.

Dr Regina Olasin, Chief Medical Officer at Care for the Homeless, Leanna Fairfax, speaker with lived experience, Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, Deputy Mayor and Councillor at Oldham council and Founder of Homeless Friendly

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June 23, 2022 12:20 PM

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June 23, 2022 1:20 PM
Paying the price: will the cost of living crisis push up homelessness?

This year has seen the cost of living soar, with inflation reaching its highest peak since 1992, affecting the affordability of goods and services for households. These increases are hitting marginalised communities the hardest – what does this mean for people already at risk of homelessness?

Jules Oldham, Director of Policy at Policy Scotland (Chair), Christy Acton, Founder and CEO of Standing Tall, Ben Pearson - Anti poverty Campaigner, Matthew Green, Director of Crisis Skylight, Birmingham,

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June 23, 2022 2:00 PM
Forward look: making rough sleeping rare, brief and non-recurring

Hear directly from Eddie Hughes MP on his plans for a future where rough sleeping is rare, brief and non-recurring, discussing the progress the UK Government is making on eradicating rough sleeping and what the next steps - and timetable - will be thereafter as well as reflections on the outcome of the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot. Followed by a Q&A with Ligia Teixeira, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

Eddie Hughes, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing and Dr Lígia Teixeira, CEO, Centre for Homelessness Impact

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June 23, 2022 2:30 PM
Prison discharge: unlocking services for people leaving custody

In this session we will explore how we can ensure people leaving prison have both safe accommodation and immediate access to services, and what role this plays in reducing reoffending.

Rosie Reynolds, Practice and Partnerships Lead at Centre for Homelessness Impact (Chair),Dalton Harrison, Trans and prisoner rights activist, poet with lived experience, Paula Harriott at Prison Reform Trust, Lorna Griffiths, Pre-Release Coordinator, The Nelson Trust

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June 23, 2022 3:30 PM
Coffee Break

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June 23, 2022 3:45 PM

Watch a performance from the Choir with No Name, who have been successfully running choirs and building joyful communities with homeless and marginalised people since 2008.

Choir with No Name

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June 23, 2022 4:00 PM
Race and homelessness: addressing disparities

In our efforts to end homelessness for good, how can we do things differently so that everyone is on equal footing? What can we learn from race- and culturally-specific solutions to tackle homelessness in the US and Canada?

Amanda Misiko Andere, CEO, Funders Together (Chair), Joy Moses, Director of the Homeless Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Joyce Juma-Phiri, CEO of Fair Trade Scotland, Gabriel Imevbore, Lived Experience Expert and Trustee for YMCA Heart of England

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June 23, 2022 4:45 PM
Closing remarks

Dr Lígia Teixeira, CEO, Centre for Homelessness Impact

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June 23, 2022 4:55 PM

Watch a performance from the Choir with No Name, who have been successfully running choirs and building joyful communities with homeless and marginalised people since 2008.

Choir with No Name

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Useful information
Venue & Accessibility

The Custard Factory is accessible to wheelchair users.

There is no dress code for this event. It is open to everyone and we ask that you wear what you feel comfortable in.

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Transport information

The event will be hosted at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, just a ten-minute walk from the Bullring, 13 minutes to New Street and nine minutes to Moor Street Station. We’re also five minutes from Birmingham Coach Station.

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There are a variety of budget hotels in Birmingham that are within walking distance of the Impact Forum's Venue.

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bull Ring, Ibis Birmingham New Street Station, and Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre are a 15 minute walk from the venue.

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Glasgow Impact Forum 2022

When the pandemic hit, emergency measures were brought in across the UK to house people experiencing and at risk of homelessness. But what comes next? Will we build on the successes and innovations of the pandemic? Or will we revert to business as usual? These are the questions Glasgow Impact Forum 2022 explored.

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Impact Forum 2021

Impact Forum 2021 was a week-long series of live, online events, exploring what resilience means to individuals and organisations working in homelessness and related fields, and how we can build it into our systems to support an evidence-led end to homelessness.

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Impact Festival 2020

Over five weeks in July and August, we created a space to meet, explore ideas, learn new skills, and to build a shared sense of what we ought to achieve in homelessness over these coming months and years.

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