On Thursday 30 April, Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland, in partnership with DePaul UK, hosted an event called ‘Homelessness: Are We Really Helping?’ at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby, which aimed to provide people from local charities, organisations and faith groups with an opportunity to learn, share and reflect on their responses to homelessness. The event was a major success, with an attendance of 120 people.
At the present time, there is a growing concern amongst faith groups for people struggling to provide the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter. The hope was that by bringing people together, they could explore how the charitable work of local groups can complement the work of larger organisations and statutory agencies to support the most vulnerable people in our communities. The keynote speaker Jon Kuhrt said:
“In homelessness, it’s so vital that people work together and talk with one another if we’re going to make as much difference as we can.”
Audio files will allow you to listen into the day.
The conference opened with a message from Rt. Revd. Terence Drainey, RC Bishop of Middlesbrough.
The day was led by Jon Kuhrt, Executive Director of Social Work, West London Mission. He spoke about issues that lead to people becoming homeless: poverty of resources, relationships and identity. These issues are summarised in the Church Urban Fund publication Web of Poverty which can be accessed here: http://www.cuf.org.uk/research/web-poverty
Stories of Hope: introduced by Terry Doyle, Positive Pathways worker at the John Paul Centre, two ladies shared their experience of homelessness, the reasons behind it and their journey to rebuilding their lives.
The Rt. Revd. Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and a trustee of DePaul UK spoke about “What does faith bring to our approach to homelessness?
Sharon Caddell, principle homelessness and domestic violence officer for Middlesbrough Council explained the law around homelessness and local authority provision. The Powerpoint slides give an excellent overview.
Jon Kuhrt also spoke about being honest around the problems faced when working with homeless people and how organisations can understand each other better and work together. His key theme of Grace and Truth helped people to explore how we express compassion, whilst helping people to face their issues.
The Rt. Rev. Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby, lead the closing reflections of the day.
Author: Lynsey Robinson
Date: 08 May 2015
|A quote for you today. https://t.co/bSEJ2xq2YN — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @WahidaShaffi: Filming with @Pareshsolanki for @nearneighbours West Yorkshire UNESCO Big Screen take over on March 8th International Wom… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @RuthBurgessBCNN: This week I am visiting projects and seeing work in action! Today was a good one, cooking class @caldmorecgarden #yumm… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @RuthBurgessBCNN: Yesterday I visited Mata da Mandir #Dudley for yoga class run by #CitizenEngagemnt to bring local women together, fund… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @BavingtonSharon: Zumba at UK Butterfly's, Lifeline & Women's Aid 'Day of Dance', haven't moved like that in a while! @nearneighbours ht… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|Find out how Bhavesh and Barbara became good friends! https://t.co/8mYryuqXWj Photography: Dharmendra Patel, Outros… https://t.co/UCNcIG6bJX — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @WahidaShaffi: Good to see Pasha this morning & reminisce about his catalyst experience last year @nearneighbours @ https://t.co/LqkdjR0… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @WahidaShaffi: Last years photograph in the @Bradford_TandA with some of the local projects @nearneighbours funded https://t.co/L1ayA6yd… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|RT @SotezC: Great bunch of participants in the first day of the Catalyst Youth Leadership programme @nearneighbours @CommunitiesUK @Heythro… — 1 year 6 months ago|
|The Common Good Fund is already making a difference within communities! Find out more about The Common Good Fund:… https://t.co/KyHaaSohze — 1 year 6 months ago|