Why should you attend?
- Homelessness is an issue which affects people from all backgrounds
- Homelessness has a negative impact on the City economy
- Homelessness reflects badly on Liverpool as a destination and as a community.
This is a must attend event for any business leader or member of the business community who cares about the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping in the Liverpool City Region.
Gain greater insight and engagement from key speakers including: the Mayor of Liverpool, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Crisis UK, a homeless survivor, distinguished panel of business leaders including: Peter Moore (CEO, LFC), Steven Connolly (Estate Director, Liverpool ONE), Bronwen Rapley (CEO Onward Homes), Denise Banks (Commercial Director, Gaskells Waste) and Andy Cooke (Chief Constable of Merseyside Police).
With the much-respected Professor Michael Parkinson of the University of Liverpool chairing the event.
Purpose of the event?
What more can be done by whom? Through speakers, dialogue and participation the conference is structured around the themes of:
Throughout the morning we shall scope the nature of the challenge and map the local response and vision for the future. The final part of the Conference is to identify areas of action and invite the private sector to help shape how a shared participation in the response to homelessness and rough sleeping might look to support the work already being done.
What to expect?
- Event chaired by Professor Michael Parkinson of the University of Liverpool
- National context of homelessness and rough sleeping by Crisis UK Director of Policy and External Affairs, Matt Downie
- Stories of lived experience from a survivor of homelessness
- Local context from Mayor of Liverpool and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
- Distinguished panel debate from business leaders and the chief constable of Merseyside Police: Peter Moore (CEO, LFC), Steven Connolly (Estate Director, Liverpool ONE), Bronwen Rapley (CEO, Onward Homes), Denise Walker (CEO, Gaskells Waste) and Andy Cooke (Chief Constable, Merseyside Police).
- Unveiling of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture in St Nicholas Church Gardens
For further information, click here to download a detailed brief.
Who is involved in the Conference?
The initiative behind this Conference came from the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s (CFM) twentieth anniversary year, in which they celebrate a successful journey which has seen over £41 million handed out to good causes across the region. CFM has teamed up with Liverpool Parish Church, which has been at the centre of social justice issues in the City Centre for centuries, and is a public space open and accessible to all. We are joined by Professor Michael Parkinson, who, as Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement, represents the University of Liverpool. The University is a major anchor institution which is both committed to and engaged in the City. It is committed to tackling social issues directly and through thought leadership.
This event is free to attend.