Learning for everyone: making it work for homeless people

From Homeless Link:

Joint national conference from Homeless Link & NIACE. Sharing recent policy, research and practice about what works for adults who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in accessing and sustaining learning.

BACKGROUND

There is an urgent need to support access to learning for adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. However, there are many challenges facing charities working in the sector including access to funding for education and training, lack of research about what works, and challenges in working with clients with more complex needs who find it difficult to access mainstream provision.

Learning benefits individuals, the economy and society as a whole. Those who participate in learning are likely to be healthier, happier and better paid than those who do not. The wider benefits of learning include improved health, confidence, self-esteem and resilience. For someone who is homeless, engaging in learning activities can help to build social networks away from the streets and the skills developed can lay the foundations for more formal training and pathways to employment as a longer-term route out of homelessness. Therefore learning should be at the heart of any plan to support adults facing the challenge of homelessness.

Homelessness services can play a pivotal role in providing such activities, and this conference will share practical steps and approaches that services can take to support their clients.

BY THE END OF THIS EVENT YOU WILL HAVE:

increased your knowledge of adult learning policy, research and practice
reflected on your own practice and identified ideas and resources to use with clients
A full programme will be available shortly.

THIS EVENT IS AIMED AT:

Anyone working with adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Learning providers supporting adults who are unemployed
Work programme primes interested in skills provision
Local Authorities: housing leads and education and learning leads
Housing Associations interested in how to mitigate against the impact of welfare reform on their housing tenants to prevent them from becoming homeless.
Delegates will receive a free copy of a new book ‘The really useful book of learning and earning.’

COSTS:

£165: Members of Homeless Link or NIACE
£195: Non-members

See more at:http://homeless.org.uk/events/learning#.UtOwetJdVIE

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