Highlights of our 2015 Conference

The Next Piece | Co-production in homelessness services (PDF)

73 individuals including people with lived experience, policy makers, staff, academics, volunteers and community members from across Scotland attended the SHIEN national conference in Glasgow. All were invited to attend as community members, in recognition of the range of expertise everyone has – as professionals, volunteers, friends, family.

Why explore co-production? As well as supporting current service user involvement work, SHIEN aims to be aspirational. Our 2014 national conference focused on placing local people at the heart of housing and homelessness processes, regional workshops throughout 2013-14 explored peer based approaches such as mentoring and advocacy; which has lead toward the next piece – co-production in homelessness services.

Our Key Speakers

Andrew Magowan, Community Development Manager, Link up-Inspiring Scotland: Building self- confidence so that individuals can recognise their own talents and expertise is a crucial foundation of co- productive approaches. Equally, seeing positive results of getting involved motivates people to keep going, and other community members to get involved.

Nancy Greig, Development Coordinator, Health Care Alliance: Co-productive approaches are prominent in caring and recovery services. Opportunities being of interest and relevant to everyone involved, is an important motivational factor.

Derek Holliday and Kate, Peer Advocates, Navigate: offered insight into their different motivations for becoming volunteers, from using lived experience to support others, to increasing employability. Both highlighted the importance of witnessing positive impacts on individuals, services and wider communities, to motivate them to continue and become more involved.
Key Learning

Knowledge and experiences were shared throughout the day, drawn from every part of peoples’ lives. Individuals were invited to consider where they see examples of co-production in everyday life, then how these examples and principles could support homelessness services:

By building local partnerships that can last.

By building self-confidence of individuals to recognise and harness life skills and lived experience.

Ensuring Co-productive approaches are realistic.