Equality in Housing
By Equality in Housing
Equality in HousingFeb 23, 2023
Housing and Care Experienced People: with Megan Moffat, Who Cares? Scotland
In this episode, we have a great conversation with Megan Moffat, Policy and Public Affairs officer for Who Cares? Scotland. Megan tells us about the specific issues faced by Care Leavers in accessing housing, the role of local authorities as a guardian for people in care, and the fight to recognise being care experienced as a protected characteristic.
Petition to extend aftercare for previously looked after young people and remove the continue care age cap
Clan Childlaw – Scotland’s law centre for children and young people
Ethnicity and Homelessness: with Amy Rich, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
In this episode, we talk to Amy Rich, Communities and Campaigns Officer for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights. We talk to Amy about their recent report on Ethnicity and Homelessness, and the rates and unique causes of homelessness for Ethnic Minorities in Scotland. She talks about the need for more research and data around this topic, and the need to include people living in these communities in academia. Podcast notes:
- CRER: Ethnicity and Homelessness in Scotland - https://www.crer.org.uk/s/Homelessness-in-Scotland-2023.pdf
Trauma Informed Practice in the Community: with Anthony Morrow, Sanctuary Scotland
In this episode, we speak to Anthony Morrow, Community Connector Manager for Sanctuary Scotland. Anthony spoke to us about Sanctuary’s Housing and Community Connector role, which has been rolled out across the UK, and how it has enabled the organisation to transform their trauma-informed practice.
Sanctuary Scotland: https://scotland.sanctuary.co.uk/
Resilience Learning Partnership: https://resiliencelearningpartnership.co.uk/
Sexuality, Gender Identity and Data: with Michael Sanders
In this episode we speak to Michael Sanders, Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London, and one of the authors of the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s report on Sexuality, Gender Identity and Homelessness. We talk to Michael about the lack of data surrounding LGBTQ+ people who experience homelessness, the challenges of collecting that data, and measures that can be taken to improve the situation.
Sexuality, gender identity and homelessness: Incidence, experience and evidence of homelessness among LGBTQ+ people by Michael Sanders, Ella Whelan Alba Murcia, Louise Jones: https://www.homelessnessimpact.org/post/lgbtq-people-are-more-likely-to-experience-homelessness
What Works for Children’s Social Care https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/
Invisible Women by Caroline Criada Perez https://carolinecriadoperez.com/book/invisible-women/
Homelessness Case Level Collection (H-CLIC) https://analysisfunction.civilservice.gov.uk/government-statistical-service-and-statistician-group/user-facing-pages/mhclg-homelessness-statistics-user-forum/
Albert Kennedy Trust: https://www.akt.org.uk/what-we-do
Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green https://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/sarah-gilbert/vaxxers/9781529369885/
Downs Syndrome and Independent Living: with James and Liz
In this episode of Equality in Housing, we are delighted to be speaking with James Carter and Liz Crowter about what it means to live independently, and some of the challenges that James and his mother-in-law Liz have faced in trying to make this happen. James lives with his partner Heidi, and both have Down's Syndrome. Following on from the Down's Syndrome Act 2022, which will have implications for housing providers, we wanted to hear first hand about the importance of independent living and what the housing sector can do to make this happen for more people.
The Downs Syndrome Act https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/our-work/campaigning/the-down-syndrome-act/
Older People & Ethnic Minorities: with Rohini Sharma Joshi OBE
In this episode we speak to Rohini Sharma Joshi. Rohini is an experienced equalities consultant who has been a prominent figure in Scottish Housing for over 30 years, and was awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Years Honours list. We spoke to Rohini about the barriers ethnic minority older people face around housing, and how research, both existing and future, can improve their ability to access and meaningfully engage services.
Learning Disabilities: With Charlie McMillan, SCLD
In this episode, we talk to Charlie McMillan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD). Charlie spoke to us about the challenges finding accommodation for people with learning disabilities, in terms of availability and system design, and the value of joined up, holistic approaches.
He also talks about SCLD’s “Include for Good” project, which aims to change societies view of the status, value and contribution of people with learning disabilities by including their voices in research and policy making.
- SCLD - https://www.scld.org.uk/
- Include for Good - https://www.includeforgood.co.uk/
- Capability Scotland - https://www.capability.scot/
- Coming Home Report - https://www.gov.scot/news/coming-home-implementation-report/
- UNCRPD - https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html
- Dr Karen Watchman - https://www.learningdisabilityanddementia.org/
Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory - https://www.sldo.ac.uk/
LGBTQ+: With Janice Stevenson, LGBT Youth Scotland
In this episode we talk to Janice Stevenson. Janice is a Development Officer at LGBT Youth Scotland. LGBT Youth Scotland is a youth work service, providing youth groups for LGBT young people across Scotland. Janice’s work focuses on influencing policy in Scotland for LGBT youth populations.
In this conversation we discuss discrimination in housing for LGBT people, challenges with people not recognising their own rights to housing and issues with gatekeeping in accessing services. We explore research and data in this area, and the conversation raises issues that we know many organisations face, which is a lack of data to help providers deliver appropriate services.
- Youth Commission on Housing and Homelessness - https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/national-programmes/youth-activism/youth-commission-housing-and-homelessness/
- Albert Kennedy Trust - https://www.akt.org.uk/
- LGBT charter - https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/the-lgbt-charter/
- UK Centre for Homelessness Impact - https://www.homelessnessimpact.org/post/lgbtq-people-are-more-likely-to-experience-homelessness
Domestic Abuse: With Kelly Henderson, Addressing Domestic Abuse
In this conversation we’re joined by Kelly Henderson, founder and CEO of Addressing Domestic Abuse (ADA), a community interest company providing bespoke support to social housing providers and associated supply chains to identify and respond to domestic abuse.
Today we talk about the work Kelly has done with victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse, the ways in which organisations need to work holistically to provide positive outcomes and the way in which all policy, practice and research needs to be people-centred, ensuring that the voices of survivors are recognised in all the work that is done to tackle DA.
Please note that you may find some of this discussion upsetting.
· Homelessness Amongst Black and Minoritised Ethnic Communities in the UK: A Statistical Report on the State of the Nation, by Glen Bramley, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Jill McIntyre and Sarah Johnsen
· Femicide census report for 2020
· Durham University’s work around male domestic abuse
· HOPE - https://hopetraining.co.uk/
Veterans: With Dr Steve Rolfe, Stirling University
In this episode, we speak to Dr Steve Rolfe about the experiences of veterans when accessing housing and veterans’ homelessness and the work Steve has done to create the Veteran’s Homelessness Prevention Pathway. The conversation explores the current debates in veterans’ housing in the UK, and explores some of the challenges that research has highlighted and we talk more about the need for continued research in this space, with a particular focus on the diversity of veterans – a space that for lots of reasons, has been problematic in the context of the military.
Steve is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling whose research focus is around housing, particularly exploring access to housing for disadvantaged groups, how people make a home and the way in which policy and practitioners can help people to sustain their tenancies.
- Steve’s Stirling University profile: https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/257354
- Veteran’s Homelessness Prevention Pathway: https://homelessnetwork.scot/2022/01/25/major-report-on-veterans-homelessness/
Disability: With Moira Bayne, Housing Options Scotland
For our first conversation proper, Pedro Cameron and Dr Gareth Young talk to Chief Executive of Scottish charity Housing Options Scotland, Moira Bayne.
With Moira we discuss the history of the charity, which offers housing advice and information to people with disabilities, older people and members of the Armed Forces across Scotland. Moira shares her thoughts on the power of knowledge, the importance of person centered services, and the barriers that the groups she works with face in accessing housing.
In this episode, your hosts Dr Gareth Young and Pedro Cameron discuss the origins of the project, and why it's important for the sector be discussing and researching Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in housing and homelessness, and why it's essential for the stories of those affected are shared and listened to every step of the way.