Annual Conference 2019 Ramping Up

Edinburgh  |  22 May 2019  |  8.45 – 16.00

Join us at the impressive Edinburgh International Conference Centre, an unmissable event at the very heart of Scotland’s action on housing and homelessness.



  1. Housing First in Rural Scotland

Allan Jones, Housing Manager, Aberdeenshire Council

This session will explore some of the unique geographical opportunities, and challenges, presented by Scotland’s policy shift to Rapid Rehousing and Housing First.

  1. Taking a Gender-Sensitive Approach

Kay Lonergan, Women’s Services Manager, Dundee Womens Aid
Sophie Gwyther, Lead Officer, Protecting People Team, Dundee City Council

What’s gender got to do with it? This session will open and further develop a conversation to help a gender informed approach to Housing First be understood and delivered.

  1. My CommunityPutting Down Roots

Helen Murdoch, Assistant Regional Manager, Salvation Army

Relationships and connections to our local area are key for stopping the cycle of homelessness. This session will consider some early successes and explore what more needs done.

  1. Digging a Bit Deeper: the Housing First Principles

Patrick McKay, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland

The 7 principles that underpin Housing First combine to provide the greatest success stories. This session will provide a ‘masterclass’ for those already delivering Housing First support, or a fast-track session for those new to it. 

  1. Housing First and Hostel Closure

Jim McBride, Head of Homelessness, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership

To scale up Housing First, we need to scale down other forms of shared accommodation. Some areas are sizing up how to do both at the same time. Explore some key learning with partners in Glasgow who recently pulled this off.

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