Exciting Exchange Opportunity: Best Practices in the UK

written by Julie Klein
November 18, 2013

Have you always wanted to travel abroad? Are you interested in learning about which best practices are being implemented to end homelessness in the UK? And do you work as a practitioner for an organization that provides assistance to people experiencing homelessness in the US? If your answer to the above questions is yes, or if you may know someone who meets these descriptions, read on!

The Alliance and Homeless Link, a homeless charity based in England, are jointly offering an exciting opportunity for practitioners in the homeless assistance sector to apply to travel to the UK through the Transatlantic Practice Exchange, which aims to establish transatlantic best practice connections. Funded by the Oak Foundation, The Transatlantic Practice Exchange will provide five participants from the U.S. with the opportunity to spend up to two weeks placed at a homeless assistance organization in the UK this upcoming spring. Candidates for the Exchange should be mid-level professional staff focused on practice in the homelessness field, and will be selected based on an application process

You can learn more about this exciting opportunity here, and apply to participate in the exchange here. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, December 1, so if you are interested in applying make sure to start working on your application soon!

For some further information, each participant will explore a practice area of interest with their host organization and other organizations in the locality during their placement. Suggested practice areas to focus on while in the U.K. include ‘No Second Night Out’ (which involves coordinated assessment and street outreach), serving people with multiple needs (i.e. mental or physical health, substance abuse, or trauma), and youth homelessness. However, applicants are also strongly encouraged to propose their own practice area of focus based on their interests and knowledge of best practices in the UK.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jklein@naeh.org with any questions you may have about this opportunity or the application. Please also help us to spread the word about the exchange by sending the link to this blog post along to anyone you think may be interested in and an appropriate fit for this opportunity! I look forward to hearing from many of you and to getting this exchange underway! 


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