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Place based work Brent

The Berkeley Foundation funded Crisis Skylight Brent to develop place-based work with the intention of increasing opportunities to end homelessness in Brent and to add to Crisis’ learning about how ending homelessness can be delivered locally.

Place-based work is ‘a long-term approach to identifying, understanding, and addressing social issues rooted in the experiences, expertise and relationships that exist within a recognised geographic area’ (see work from Renaisi on place-based change and approaches).

The place-based approach in Brent included the following activities:

  • establishment of the Brent Homelessness Forum
  • community of practice
  • working groups
  • task and finish groups
  • research on homelessness and health
  • homelessness awareness sessions
  • development of Built for Zero
  • opening of new Crisis Skylight Brent premises.

The report evaluates the place-based work in Brent and provides insight and learning in relation to strategic learning, systems change and individual change in the area.

  • The evaluation makes the following recommendations for future place-based work in Brent and elsewhere:
  • continue to build leadership capacity including key posts in both the public and voluntary sectors
  • promote communication and engagement with the widest possible network of agencies
  • maintain connections between local place-based work and national homelessness policy
  • continue to be focused and realistic about what can be achieved through place-based work and the importance of continuously nurturing structures, partnerships and relationships.