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Here you can find out more about the work we have been doing & how we have had an influence on stakeholders working on homelessness globally.
CHAMPIONS sold-out performance of 'Milestones' in partnership with Response Ability Theatre featured on BBC London Evening News:
CHAMPIONS Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul and play cast member actor/writer Nell Hardy from Response Ability Theatre were interviewed by BBC London Evening News about our 'Milestones' play based on CHAMPIONS interviews with families affected by homelessness at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in September 2023.
Published: 3rd December 2023
Innovative CHAMPIONS sound installation project 'This Room' released: Our CHAMPIONS sound installation 'This Room' film highlighting the devastating impacts of poor housing conditions and living in temporary accommodation on child health and wellbeing, produced in partnership with De Montfort University, Sound Voice creative agency and Bee Squad NGO, has been released on our YouTube channel.
Published: 12th November 2023
CHAMPIONS findings shared in UCL Portico Magazine Autumn 2023 issue: CHAMPIONS findings were shared in the UCL Portico Magazine Autumn 2023 issue in an article entitled 'Championing homeless children' after an interview with Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul. The magazine is published quarterly for UCL's global alumni and supporter community.
Published: 29th October 2023
CHAMPIONS findings shared in Justlife Foundation and Shared Health Foundation letter to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer: Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul's work and CHAMPIONS findings were shared in a letter urging UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt to raise Local Housing Allowance and review the benefit cap. The letter was signed by Justlife Foundation CEO Simon Gale, Shared Health Foundation CEO Dr Laura Neilson, Member of Parliament for Salford and Eccles Rebecca Long-Bailey and Member of the House of Lords Natalie Bennet.
Published: 23rd October 2023
CHAMPIONS findings shared in Housing Quality Magazine October 2023 issue: CHAMPIONS findings were shared in the Housing Quality Magazine October 2023 issue. The article, written by Keith Cooper, is entitled 'Navigating the temporary accommodation crisis' and starts on page 8.
Published: 1st October 2023
CHAMPIONS findings mentioned at the JustLife Temporary Accommodation Conference 2023: CHAMPIONS Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul was invited to speak at the JustLife Temporary Accommodation Conference 2023 on 26th September 2023. She spoke about CHAMPIONS findings during the Session 2 panel entitled 'The Human Cost of Temporary Accommodation'.
Published: 26th September 2023
CHAMPIONS partners with Response Ability Theatre for sold-out performance of 'Milestones': The CHAMPIONS team partnered with actor/writer Nell Hardy and the Response Ability Theatre to put on a performance of 'Milestones' followed by a post-show discussion panel with homelessness experts at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 25th September 2023. The monologue, based on CHAMPIONS family interviews and findings, gave audience members, including member of the public, policy-makers & those working in the health, housing, education and social care sectors, an honest insight into the lives of UK families and children living in temporary accommodation using innovative theatre techniques. Our panel, with speakers including MP Siobhain McDonagh, was chaired by Co-Investigator Nadzeya (Nadia) Svirydzenka, BBC News Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan, Sam Pratt from the Shared Health Foundation and Parent/Lived Experiences Expert Kadie. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2023/sep/play-gives-honest-insight-lives-children-temporary-accommodation
Published: 25th September 2023
CHAMPIONS insights shared by Principal Investigator Monica during keynote at the iHV Evidence-Based Practice Conference 2023: CHAMPIONS Principal Investigator Monica gave the keynote at the iHV Evidence-Based Practice Conference 2023 on 21st September 2023. Her keynote was entitled 'Our children today are our adults tomorrow - making home a better place for children living in temporary accommodation'.
Published: 21st September 2023
CHAMPIONS sound installation 'This Room' presented at Shelter UK Conference by Shared Health Foundation: CHAMPIONS sound installation 'This Room', produced in partnership with Sound Voice creative agency and Bee Squad, was shared at the Shelter UK Conference by Shared Health Foundation. The conference, which took place on 20th September 2023, focused on 'The role of housing in health and social care'.
Published: 20th September 2023
CHAMPIONS findings mentioned by Principal Investigator Prof. Lakhanpaul in video interview launching the Grosvenor Hart Homes initiative: Prof. Lakhanpaul took part in a video launching the Grosvenor Hart Homes initiative on 7th September 2023, a new social enterprise on a mission to improve the life chances of vulnerable children, young people and their families in the UK. The initiative was launched by Prof. Lakhanpaul alongside Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, and Helen Keenan, Chief Executive of Grosvenor Hart Homes. https://vimeo.com/860885497
Published: 7th September 2023
CHAMPIONS findings mentioned by Co-Investigator Dr. Nadia Svirydzenka in her interview with PA Media quoted in Yahoo!Life News, DMU News, Suffolk News and Coventry Telegraph: Dr. Nadia Svirydzenka, CHAMPIONS Co-Investigator and Associate Professor/Reader in Culture, Identity and Mental Health at De Montfort University, spoke about how children in temporary accommodation remain invisible and how our analysis has shown stark differences in the picture across England when it comes to families in temporary accommodation, in her interview quoted in articles in Yahoo!Life News, DMU News, Suffolk News and Coventry Telegraph.
Published: 1st September 2023
CHAMPIONS findings presented at Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN) Conference 2023:
Our research and insights were presented at the Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN) Conference 2023 on 27th August by our CHAMPIONS research partner and international advisor Dr. Yvonne Parry, Associate Professor in Nursing at Flinders University, Australia. The presentation was entitled 'Invisible children: how poor conditions in temporary accommodation are damaging young lives'.
Published: 27th August 2023
CHAMPIONS insights included in Inside Housing article on how poor conditions in temporary accommodation are damaging young lives:
Our research and insights contributed to an article entitled 'Invisible children: how poor conditions in temporary accommodation are damaging young lives' by Keith Cooper for Inside Housing. https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/insight/invisible-children-how-poor-conditions-in-temporary-accommodation-are-damaging-young-lives-82474
Published: 22nd August 2023
CHAMPIONS findings shared by Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul at the Housing 2023 Festival: Principal Investigator Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul was invited to speak at the Housing 2023 Festival on 28th June 2023. The panel was entitled ‘Growing up homeless – hidden in plain sight’.
Published: 28th June 2023
CHAMPIONS research findings included in innovative 'HOME' sound installation project in partnership with Sound Voice, De Montfort University (DMU) and Bee Squad:
Our CHAMPIONS findings were included in the innovative 'HOME' sound installation project seeking to impact policy by highlighting the devastating impact of temporary accommodation on child health and development. The award-winning creative team at Sound Voice and researchers from the CHAMPIONS Project, University College London and De Montfort University (DMU) have worked in partnership with Bee Squad to produce a series of sound installations This Room and FLY/WORK/GROW which enable audiences, policy-makers and researchers to better understand the devastating impact of temporary accommodation on the health and wellbeing of children and families in the UK.
Published: 6th June 2023
CHAMPIONS insights included in Just Fair report for the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:
Our research and insights contributed to the 2023 Just Fair independent report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The report, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, concerns the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in the UK and their assessment of progress made on protecting the rights of those living in the UK to health, housing, education and food.
Published:12th May 2023
CHAMPIONS research findings included in 'The right to adequate housing' Welsh Parliament: Local Government and Housing Committee Consultation Response by Just Fair:
Our research and insights contributed to the Just Fair report to the Welsh Parliament: Local Government and Housing Committee Consultation. The report concerns the impact a right to adequate housing would make across Welsh housing policy and makes recommendations related to how proper protection of the right to housing will positively impact on other rights, such as mental and physical health, education, and work.
Published: 3rd March 2023
CHAMPIONS findings included in Chartered Institute of Housing article:
Our CHAMPIONS findings were recently included in a Chartered Institute of Housing article entitled ‘The ticking time bomb of temporary accommodation on a generation of children’s mental health’ by Hannah Keilloh.
Published: 13th February 2023
The i Interview with Monica:
Professor Lakhanpaul was recently interviewed by The i for their article on child deaths in temporary accommodation.
Published: 12th January 2023
In collaboration with London Borough of Newham and Graffwerk, we hosted a creative arts workshop for children in Newham to give them a chance to tell their stories and share their experiences.
You can see more of the artwork created at the workshop by clicking on the purple creature below
APPG for Ending Homelessness:
APPG session on the impact of homelessness on children, 8 June 2021. With contributions from our PI, Prof Monica Lakhanpaul, and Thelma, a member of our Community Engagement Panel.
Published: 8th June 2021
'Dumped and forgotten': Homeless families on life in England's Lane hostel
Published: 24th February 2021
Video Interview by Project PI Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul with journalist Sally Patterson (Ham&High)
Aidan Halligan Talk by Prof.Lakhanpaul:
Project lead Professor Monica Lakhanpaul gave the prestigious Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture in February 2021, watch it here.
Published: 24th February 2021
Monica on BBC Newsnight:
Watch Prof Monica Lakhanpaul talk about homelessness on Newsnight.
Published: 2nd December 2021
Homelessness: Are children in temporary housing facing serious health risks? - BBC Newsnight
Independent Interview with Monica:
Professor Lakhanpaul was recently interviewed by The Independent for their article on the potential consequences later in life that experiencing homelessness as a child can cause.
Published: 9th December 2021
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