Leicester’s Homelessness Charter, which brings together organisations and individuals to tackle homelessness in the city, has today announced a new project which seeks to elevate the voices of people who have experienced homelessness.

Working in partnership with local recovery Social Enterprise, Dear Albert, the Charter project will invite people who’ve been affected by homelessness to become part of a peer network with opportunities to contribute their personal insight and expertise.

Through a series of events and activities, Dear Albert will create spaces for individuals with lived experience of homelessness to connect and come together, building a network led by its members.

This new peer network will join the many groups and organisations that have already pledged support for the Homelessness Charter ensuring that their views and perspectives on homelessness form part of wider discussions, service design and delivery. Anyone that has been through homelessness or continues to be affected by it will now have a chance to have their voice heard.

Eilidh Stringer, Development Manager at Leicester’s Homelessness Charter said: ‘Further involvement of people who have personally experienced homelessness has been an ambition of the Charter since its launch so we are thrilled to launch this new project which gives people opportunities to share their unique and valuable perspectives on homelessness and crucially input into the solutions that can prevent other people from experiencing it.’

Jon Roberts, Director of Dear Albert, said: ‘Dear Albert is extremely pleased to be contributing to the aims of Leicester’s Homelessness Charter. Lived Experience is such a vital component to have around the table. We are looking forward to ensuring the voices and inputs of those with real, lived experiences of homelessness in the city are heard and acted upon.’

Leicester’s Homelessness Charter was launched at Leicester Cathedral in November 2018 after recognition by those working in homelessness that far more can be achieved by working together than in isolation. The Charter exists to ‘join the dots’ and avoid duplication, improving local systems for homeless people through better partnerships and co-ordination.

Dear Albert are a service user orientated social enterprise in Leicester delivering co-produced and peer led initiatives. They use Mutual Aid facilitation to bring people with similar experiences together to help one another in a structured way.

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. If you would like to get involved please email hello@dearalbert.co.uk , call 0800 830 3646 or visit www.dearalbert.co.uk