The Bristol Homelessness Prevention Project is a new joint project by homelessness charity, Caring in Bristol and housing advice agency, CHAS Bristol.
Both organisations are proudly Bristolian and share a dedication to tackling the problems the city faces around homelessness. The BHPP brings together unique expertise from each and a wealth of combined experience working in the city.
With funding secured for three years, the project aims to better utilise existing measures and find new ways to prevent homelessness in the city. BHPP will be informed by research, responsive to the needs of Bristol’s communities and residents. Through a combination of consultation, community outreach and one-to-one support the project aims to reach people early, before a potential housing crisis occurs.
We know there are significant barriers to people accessing help – people are still presenting as homeless without having sought advice. This is something that needs to be addressed urgently, as the financial strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many who were ‘getting by’ into danger.
The BHPP plans to reach people where they already are in the community, surmounting the access barriers many face in accessing help. We plan to maximise our impact through new engagement channels, including the use of co-production groups, community ambassadors, engagement with employers and via social media channels. We intend to reach key regions and groups in the city who would not otherwise access support and advice. Young people and marginalised adults in economically deprived wards of Bristol are a particular priority.
We are seeking a skilled and experienced individual, organisation or partnership to support our learning and undertake research, analysis and support evaluation of the impact of the BHPP for people in Bristol.
This research is part of a wider project to use evidence to design our work and influence others. Throughout this project, we will work openly and transparently, using a learning notes approach to publicly discuss the interventions we have trialled, our successes and what has not worked. The successful researcher(s) will help hold us to account in this commitment.
The maximum budget for this work is £30,000 over the course of three years.
The deadline for proposals is Monday 15th November.
We welcome questions regarding the brief before application, please email jessie.seal [at] caringinbristol.org.uk with questions or to arrange a conversation.