In the wake of the the metropolitan Mayors of the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Liverpool City Region jointly calling on the government to continue funding the Housing First pilot scheme to help vulnerable people off the streets, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in conjunction with BVSC have also announced publication of a Commitment to Collaborate (C2C) Toolkit to Prevent and Relieve Homelessness.
Developed by the WMCA Homelessness Taskforce in partnership with BVSC, the toolkit is designed to be used by organisations and partnerships of all kinds — you do not need to be an organisation directly involved in homelessness work to make good use of its resources.
The toolkit is intended to promote collaboration between and across organisations. It offers an overview of homelessness in its widest sense and encourages organisations of all kinds to think about the things they can do and the practices they can change which will help prevent homelessness and its underlying causes. It advocates a roundtable approach — starting conversations about homeless within your own organisation and with partners, stakeholders and others — and includes resources such as PowerPoint slides, guidance on developing frameworks for collaboration, writing organisational pledges, developing homelessness action plans and how to gain Commitment to Collaborate accreditation.
WMCA says that it will talk organisations through usage of the toolkit. You can email for further advice/information.