Quarterly Newsletter February 2021

Welcome to the Housing First Academy’s second quarterly newsletter. We have been busy with training and our input to the Turning Point Scotland Housing First 10th Anniversary Conference.

We would like to thank you for subscribing. The Housing First Academy is very much about participation and shared learning. We really encourage you to comment on the blog, access the resources, and look out for training courses and Communities of Practice sessions you would like to join.

Kindest regards,
The Housing First Academy Team

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During our Internal sessions,  topics discussed have included, workers being inducted during a pandemic and Reflective Practice for staff.
The work that has been done to maintain support during the pandemic has been incredible, but there is no doubt that being inducted online and not having the chance to properly meet with colleagues has disadvantages. The informal chats and discussions colleagues have during their work day are invaluable for learning and team building. 

Liz Littler, Service Manager with the Housing First Consortium Glasgow has provided our February blog. Managing the service during a pandemic!
Reflective Practice is an essential component of  Housing First staff support. Services in Edinburgh and Glasgow have been participating in sessions which have been facilitated by a psychiatrist and a psychologist. We are using feedback from staff to consider the provision and how it is best provided. This was touched upon at the Turning Point Scotland Housing First 10th Anniversary Conference, during the Learning from Learning session, click here to view the session.
Peer Support Practitioners- Turning Point Scotland has been carrying out research on this vital role. PSP were first introduced by TPS to work in their Glasgow Housing First Legacy service. 10 years on, it felt appropriate to examine the role, from the perspective of service users, PSP present and past  and managers. The research looks at the recruitment, induction, management and support provided by PSP. The final paper should be available by March and will provide a beneficial insight to the role, which will potentially result in changes to how the role is developed and utilised within the organisation.
You can view the Peer Support Practitioner  session at the TPS Housing First Anniversary Conference click here: 
The Academy is planning further Community of Practice sessions from February onwards and we will detail these on the website and on our social media channels.
The valuable insights from staff are being collected and will be fed back into local areas development / stakeholder groups. The aim is to highlight good practice and provide suggestions for areas of development. Feedback will also be shared with the Housing First Hub Europe where appropriate.
Where issues cannot be resolved locally and could be defined more as a ‘system’ issue, round table discussions will be created regionally or nationally which brings together decision makes involved in overseeing relevant parts of the system where the challenges have been identified.
We are aiming to have notes of sessions placed on the Website with consideration for some of the sensitivities of the points that come up in discussion.
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Training Hub
Firstly, the Training Hub would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, we are looking forward to a busy year connecting and learning with Housing First citizens across Scotland.
Recently, we have had requests for individual spaces on our courses, we are excited to say that we are now able to offer open bookings on all three of our courses.  Spaces are going fast, to book a space/s please contact us by clicking here.
For further information on courses, please click here
We are happy to have connected and delivered to Housing First Citizens in Inverclyde and we are looking forward to spending more time with them in the coming weeks.

The Training Hub presented a session, Learning from Learning that focused on the importance of training and included input from Lisa McDonald, a Support Practitioner with the TPS Edinburgh Housing First service, discussing her experience of Reflective Practice.
To view the session click here 
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Housing First Europe Hub
The Academy has close links with colleagues in Europe and we try to ensure that learning and development is shared on our Resources pa

Recent and forthcoming events:
Samara Jones (Programme Coordinator – Housing First Europe Hub) presented a very engaging session at the recent TPS Housing First Anniversary Conference. To view the session click here  
  • Feedback on PIE webinar that took place in November was very positive. Those who attended enjoyed how it was put together and felt they learned something from it. To view click here
  • Advice given that one UK organisation (unknown) is offering PIE training and access to resources for a fee but there is no need to do this as all resources are available free on the PIE.UK website.
  • Discussion around work plan for 2021 and planning of future webinars.
  • Another Webinar planned for 29th April and this will be focused on stress I the workplace.
  • We hope to have round table discussions through the year via MS Teams. Possible topics will be :-
-Women and Housing First – yes the principles are the same but what is the specialist input required.
-Housing First intervention on preventing homelessness. Using a HF approach to those already in housing and in turn prevent homelessness.

Webinar details here 

Learn more about the Housing First Europe Hub

Housing First Academy Blogs

We really appreciate the time and effort writing a  blog takes so a big thank you to the people that have been good enough to do so.
If you would be interested in writing a blog for the Newsletter, please get in touch.

Alex Osmond of Cymorth Cymru shares the experience of accrediting a Housing First service.
"Recognising that Housing First depends on a wide range of sectors is a vital part of delivering Housing First properly; we wanted to make sure our accreditation reflected that"

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Liz Littler, Service Manager with the Housing First Consortium Glasgow shares her experience of managing during a pandemic.

 "So much planning, so many different risk assessments and some truly amazing staff who were willing to participate in this process"

Read blog here
Turning Point Scotland celebrated 10 years of Housing First service provision by hosting a conference on the 27th of January. We were delighted that so many people from 9 different countries attended! 
The Good, The Bad and The Non-Negotiables included sessions on research, the principles of Housing First, links with Europe, Peer Support Practitioners, staff supports and development, Housing First as a transformative philosophy and Housing First for Women. The conference is now available to view online here
We would like to thank all those that presented and those that attended. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on the conference. If you attended and as yet haven't completed an evaluation this link will enable you to do so, please click here   
Many thanks in advance.   

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