“Getting Back Home”
Community Impact Bucks was asked by the charities operating at the sharp end of homelessness – Wycombe Homeless Connection, Aylesbury Homeless Action Group and Youth Concern – to help bring together the key activists who can make a difference to homelessness and to collaborate, share ideas and set an agenda for change. With an estimated over 280 individuals having slept rough at one point in the year in Bucks the charities felt that collective action was needed. Hosted by the generosity of The Rothschild Foundation at Waddesdon Manor, Windmill Hill, the event focused on pragmatic solutions.
Tom O’Connor, Chief Executive of leading London charity Providence Row spoke passionately about the need to remember the “people” not the statistics – he urged those with influence in Bucks to recognise that they can’t change everything but they can change something!
James Boultbee, CEO, Wycombe Homeless Connection said “It is fantastic to get so many influential people in a room who care about the crisis of homelessness. Apart from the value of us collaborating we have collectively identified three actions we can start today!”
“Given the feeling in the room I am convinced that this county wide group of district and county councillors working with charities will bring people off the streets and into safe and secure accommodation. There was a sense of zero tolerance of homelessness in the third wealthiest county in the country. The barriers are huge! Not least the availability of proper affordable housing,” said Nick Phillips, CEO Community Impact Bucks.
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Notes to editor:
- Community Impact Bucks is an independent charity that gives support, advice and training to charities, not for profit organisations and community groups. We help groups to get started, be effective and grow. We offer expert advice and training and help charities and groups be more efficient and effective in delivering life changing impact to the people of Buckinghamshire.
- 760 charity members and over 500 charities are supported every year by Community Impact Bucks.