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Justlife Networks in Sussex

Bringing people who work in the homelessness sector together

Brighton

Bringing people who work in the homelessness sector together

I find these events invaluable for keeping up to date with services and priorities in the city – Thanks for hosting and keep up the good work!!”

- Frontline worker

Frontline Network: providing a space for Brighton's homelessness workers to connect

Our Frontline Network gives workers in the homelessness sector a space to work through the key issues affecting them and the people they support, and a way to connect with the wider community of organisations tackling homelessness. The Brighton & Hove frontline network is part of a national network organised by St.Martin in the Fields.

The Network creates points of connection for workers across the city of Brighton & Hove through its Monthly E-Newsletter and hosting in-person events where workers can learn, share ideas and discuss a range of topics. In addition to topic areas identified from workers, the Network is focusing on the following themes:

  • PIE (Psychologically Informed Environments)
  • Temporary Accommodation – working in collaboration with Justlife’s Policy and Research Team, the Network will be looking to ascertain training, skills gaps, and opportunities to share best practice for frontline workers supporting people in TA

Contact jules@justlife.org.uk if you would like to find out more or get involved.

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East and West Sussex Practice Networks: a community of workers engaging with Multiple Compound Needs

Funded by Changing Futures Sussex and coordinated by Justlife, this network unites practitioners in East and West Sussex across a range of disciplines – focusing on homelessness, current or historical offending, substance misuse, domestic abuse, and mental ill health.

Sign up to the monthly newsletterand you will receive vital resources, news and updates, podcasts, video content, regular Zoom hangout spaces, reflective learning opportunities and, most importantly, invitations to in-person and digital events across East and West Sussex.

The network has also created Justlife's first ever podcast, covering topics such as lived experience involvement, coproduction and health.

Brighton & Hove Homelessness Research Forum

The Brighton & Hove Homelessness Research Forum brings together academic, third-sector and community researchers (including peer researchers) from across the city, to exchange ideas, develop joint projects and bring about research-led change, improving the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Contact kate@justlife.org.uk for further information or be added to the email list.

Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Network (HRSN)

The HRSN is made up of leaders from within the voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector who commit to working towards ending and preventing homelessness in Brighton and Hove through collaboration, within the sector and with statutory partners and wider stakeholders. Currently 25 organisations are signed up as members of the HRSN and meet at least every three months.

The network is open to all Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise organisations in Brighton & Hove working with people who are experiencing homelessness. If you are interested in joining on behalf of your organisation, please contact kate@justlife.org.uk

The impact of our frontline network

76

Mental Health

76 clients / professionals identified an improvement in physical or mental health, and 25 identified an improvement in their substance misuse.

616

Health appointments

physical / mental health appointments were arranged or attended by a health engagement worker.

33%

Hospital visits

In Brighton, we've provided health engagement work to over 700 people, resulting in a 33% reduction in unplanned hospital admissions and a 47% reduction in hospital readmission rates.

63

Motivation

63 of our Brighton clients reported an improvement in their motivation to take responsibility for themselves going forward.

The impact of our frontline network

Partnerships

Better sector partnerships between workers to drive improved, and more joined up support for people experiencing homelessness in the city

Knowledge

Upskilling the sector with skills and knowledge to enable a flexible approach to delivering services to those with multiple and complex needs

Exploring

Exploring frontline worker led approaches to homelessness

Voicing

Enabling frontline workers to have a voice and input into strategic decisions being made by the local authority

Well-being

Supporting the wellbeing of frontline workers while they face the challenges of today’s support and accommodation environment

I have found largely that what is working well is human relationships. We are working within systems that are not clear, difficult to use and it is the power of human relationships that enables us to work collaboratively with our clients

- Frontline worker