Tackling homelessness in Leicester

Leicester’s Homelessness Charter came about because a number of organisations working in the field recognised that we can achieve more together than separately. We wanted to ‘join the dots’, eliminate duplication and address the gaps in provision and support.

Led by the Diocese of Leicester and following a series of lively and well-attended workshops, the Charter was launched at Leicester Cathedral in November 2018. Its first signatories were the City Mayor, the Bishop of Leicester, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Dean of Leicester. Many others, including the Lord Lieutenant attended and also pledged their support.

Over two years on, we have a committed oversight and management group, and a developing group of signatories and organisations actively working together. These include major institutions, businesses and statutory and voluntary sector bodies. There is greater understanding of who is doing what, and much better communication across the sector.

Key objectives

  • Ensure that anyone with no recourse to public funds has access to safe accommodation;
  • Increase the availability of affordable accommodation for those in housing need;
  • Tackle rough sleeping to ensure no-one is sleeping on the streets;
  • Improve local systems for homeless people through better partnerships and co-ordination;
  • Ensure the voice of those with lived experience is at the heart of designing services for people who are homeless.

Read Leicester’s Homelessness Charter

150 signatories and 36 organisations working together to tackle homelessness

We are proud to have a wide range of not for profit organisations, public and private sector businesses and individuals signed up to Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.

Sir Peter Soulsby
City Mayor for Leicester

Mr Mike Kapur OBE
Lord Lieutenant of

The Right Revd Martyn Snow
Bishop of Leicester

The Very Revd David MonteithDean of Leicester

Lord Willy BachPolice and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire

Charter signatories

Key Contact

Eilidh Stringer

Charter Development Manager

07946 824573

Oversight Group

The Right Revd Martyn Snow
Bishop of Leicester
Mr Mike Kapur OBE
Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire
Lord Willy Bach
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire
Sir Peter Soulsby
City Mayor for Leicester
Cathy Ellis
Chair of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Management Group

Alison Adams
Social Responsibility Enabler, Diocese of Leicester (Chair)
Chris Burgin
Director of Housing, Leicester City Council
Caroline Carpendale
Head of Service (Homelessness, Prevention & Support), Leicester City Council
Mark Grant
Chief Executive, Action Homeless
Wayne Henderson
Director and Nurse, Inclusion Healthcare
Simon Jenner
Director, BID Leicester
Salma Ravat
Manager, One Roof Leicester
Piotr Kuhiwczak
Casework Coordinator, The British Red Cross
David Fawcett
Executive Operations Manager, The Bridge Leicester
Jo Tallack
Senior General Manager, Highcross Leicester
Inspector Adam Wardle
Central Leicester NPA Commander, Leicestershire Police
Rebecca Pawley
Leicester City Football Club
Councillor Elly Cutkelvin
Assistant City Mayor – Education and Housing
David Lindley
Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire
George Ballentyne
Voluntary & Community Sector Engagement Manager, Leicester City Council
Patrick Duce
Programme Lead, World Habitat
Jo Richardson
Associate Dean Research & Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University

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