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Praying Together


To make sure that we carry out our research in the most effective way possible and achieve the best results, we are guided by outside advisers in the form of our Community Engagement Partners (CEP) Panel and the Advisory Board.

We have regular meetings with both groups to get their feedback on how the project is going and what could be improved, as well as to test the project’s materials with them.





The Advisory Board is a group of health, housing and wellbeing specialists, policymakers, academics and other experts who review and provide feedback on the project’s goals. The Board provides guidance on how to reach professionals and policymakers, to ensure the project’s recommendations are put into practice.


  • Professor Jo Richardson,DMU and Chartered Institute of Housing

  • Professor Anna Gupta, Royal Holloway

  • Dr Jeanette Bowlay-Williams, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

  • Shahid Islam, Born in Bradford/ActEarly

  • Dr Emily Witt, GP

  • Dr Sarah Cockman, Shared Health Foundation

  • Dr Indrani Lahiri, De Montfort University

  • Dr Bianca Lee, Whittington Health Trust

  • Samantha Dorney-Smith, Queen's Nursing Institute

  • Jane Cook, Health and Homelessness Adviser

  • Sam Pratt, Shared Health Foundation

  • Alex Florschutz, Zero2Expo




Dr Yvonne Parry of Flinders University, Australia and the Caring Futures Institute

Has joined the CHAMPIONS team as an international advisor. Dr Parry’s Caring Futures Institute works with families experiencing homelessness and its impact on the health of children has been recognised internationally. We are excited to partner with them and for Dr Parry to contribute her more than a decade’s worth of expertise to our project. This collaboration shows the scale of the problem and that it affects not just the UK but many other high-income countries around the world. By learning from each other, we hope to produce better, more effective solutions to the issues that we are working to address.





The CEP Panel is made up of people who have lived in temporary accommodation while experiencing homelessness and caring for a child under 5. They understand the lived experience of our family participants and make sure our work focuses on the real needs of families and children.


We are supported by our research partner organisations, whose expertise and support networks will help us make the project as successful as possible.





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