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Homewards Activators meet to workshop solutions to prevent homelessness

Last week, the team at Homewards were joined by representatives from major UK organisations to workshop what it means to be part of the Homewards Activator partnership and how together we can create real impact.

Our nine Homewards Activators are organisations that came together from a range of sectors and industries to contribute skills, resources and investment in support of our Homewards locations.

Representatives from each Homewards Activator, including Homebase, Ikea, Salesforce and The Duchy of Cornwall received an update on the impact of the programme since launch, and a look ahead at key plans and priorities in the coming months.

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Foundation, stepped in to thank our Activators for all their support of the programme to date, and emphasized the importance of working together.

“Homelessness is one of society’s biggest issues. It’s a huge challenge – but it is one which we are determined to solve. At the Royal Foundation we lead with a positive and optimistic approach and a belief that change is always possible, equally critical is the involvement and the expertise of the private sector and other organisations working hand in hand with us and our charity partners.”

Amanda Berry, CEO, The Royal Foundation

Attendees then took part in a group discussion; workshopping solutions on key sector issues such as social housing, how to turn a house into a home, scaling up employment pathways, and how to reduce siloed data across the sector. By working together, the groups were able to recognise how resources available through the organisations present in the room could help prevent homelessness in our six locations.

These discussions will help inform how we move forward as partners and help lay the groundwork for impactful work that will support the delivery of the Homewards Local Coalition Action Plans.

You can see a list of the Homewards Activators, alongside other partners in the Homewards Partnership, here.