Talking Heads

Next Meeting:

Thursday 14th December at 7.30
at HEART

Understanding Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
Chris Wilson

Homelessness and rough sleeping anecdotally appears to be getting worse in Leeds and nationally and has an impact on everyone’s sense of well being. Legislation and policy exists to respond to homelessness but it is complex and not as straightforward as might be assumed.

The answers to a number of questions may go some way to explaining the current situation:

— What is the nature and extent of homelessness and rough sleeping in Leeds and nationally?

— What leads individuals and families to homelessness?

— What is the legal and policy framework for responding to homelessness?

— What are the moral, ethical and social issues in regard to this issue and how are these interpreted in law and social policy?

— What can citizens and communities do in best responding to homelessness and rough sleeping?


Chris Wilson
has worked with St George’s Crypt for 8 Years. St George’s has been responding to homelessness in Leeds for 87 Years. Chris will lead us in looking at the questions highlighted above and outline the various approaches that have been taken and those currently being taken to homelessness and rough sleeping in Leeds and nationally.

Some relevant references.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics

https://fullfact.org/economy/homelessness-uk/

https://www.crisis.org.uk/ending-homelessness/about-homelessness/

The homelessness crisis in England: a perfect storm

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/25/homelessness-crisis-england-perfect-storm?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Talking Heads at HEART

is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.

Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.

Recent topics include:

• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology

All welcome

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We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3.

After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.


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info@headingleydevelopmenttrust.or.uk