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Profits of North West Housing Conference donated to national homelessness charity Crisis

Profits of North West Housing Conference donated to national homelessness charity Crisis

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has received a £3,000 donation from the organisers of the North West Housing Conference, accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth and law firm Brabners.

Crisis helps thousands of homeless people rebuild their lives through housing, health, education and employment services. It offers support, advice and classes in 12 locations across the UK, including a Skylight centre in Merseyside.

This donation comes from the profits raised by the conference and will go towards Crisis classes, workshops and activities in the Merseyside area.

Crisis was nominated by Julie Fadden, one of the keynote speakers at the conference and the current Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) president, as it is her chosen charity for the year she is in the role.

Mitchell Charlesworth partner and social housing specialist, Paul Wainwright, said: “The issue of homelessness is a growing problem across the UK and Crisis works hard to campaign for change and deliver life-changing services to vulnerable people. We are delighted to support the Crisis Skylight centre in Merseyside and the valuable resources and advice it provides to local people in need.”

Alistair Fletcher, head of housing & regeneration at Brabners, said: “As recognised by both Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham as the recently elected metro mayors of the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester respectively, homelessness is a growing problem in the north west region. Crisis is helping those who are homeless in practical, effective and life-changing ways and we are delighted that this donation is going to its local Skylight centre. It demonstrates the commitment of ourselves, Mitchell Charlesworth and all the registered providers who came together to make this conference such a success to tackling and overcoming the challenge of homelessness.”

Kate Farrell, director of Crisis Skylight Merseyside, added: “On behalf of everyone at Crisis, I’d like to thank the North West Housing Conference for its generous donation, which will help Crisis to continue to provide life-changing services for homeless people in the Merseyside area. Without the passion and dedication of supporters like the North West Housing Conference, our work would simply not be possible.”

The North West Housing Conference was held towards the end of 2016 at Liverpool BT Convention Centre and attracted over 140 delegates who heard from a range of experts on issues including home ownership and how to solve the housing crisis. The keynote speakers were Derek Long, director of housing and data consultancy arc4, Gill Payne, director of policy and external affairs at the National Housing Federation, Paul Smee, director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Julie Fadden, chief executive of The SLH Group and Chris Hancock, head of housing at Crisis.

Social housing specialists also presented a series of workshops, offering practical advice on a range of topics specific to the sector including housing management, finance, development issues, anti-social behaviour and shared ownership.

Mitchell Charlesworth and Brabners hosted the conference with financial and tactical support from a project group made up of For Viva, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Onward Housing Group, The Regenda Group and The SLH Group.