18 Jul Lived Experience of Temporary Accommodation
As a representative body working on behalf of those working in or affected by homelessness, part of our remit is to get involved with the Scottish Government’s consultation process on issues relating to homelessness or housing. Our expertise supports the Scottish Government, local authorities and third sector organisations to ensure that Scotland stays at the forefront of progressive, rights-based homelessness legislation.
One current Scottish Government consultation relates to temporary accommodation standards and how we can try to improve them for people who are homeless. It is another example of the Scottish Government being at the forefront of citizens’ rights. Although we may not agree with everything within the consultation, that we are even having the discussion proves how progressive and collaborative our homelessness legislation can be.
An entire section of the consultation document is focused on finding out first hand from people who have lived experience of staying in temporary accommodation. Active inclusion of lived experience is a welcome aspect of the consultation process in Scotland and we wish to continue to facilitate this by offering to support any individual who wishes to respond to the consultation and who has lived experience of homelessness. We understand that sometimes the consultation process can seem a bit distant or remote. We want to help remove any barriers that may exist for someone who wants to take part on the consultation but feels for some reason that they can’t.
At Homeless Action Scotland we believe in the motto “nothing about us, without us”. Our organisation has a strong track record in the policy world, however we believe that those who have been through the homeless system are the real experts of their journey. Due to the enthusiasm to make change happen organisations (including ourselves), local authorities and the Scottish Government can sometimes overlook this expertise. We want to change this by offering our support to any individual with lived experience who wants to get involved in this process.
It might be that you do not need our help, you might need a little bit of help, or you might need a lot of help. If you want support or advice in getting involved in the consultation process then please get in contact, either by calling us on 0131 516 3548 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this occasion due to a tight timescale we will only be able to support people in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Even if you are a further afield please get in contact with us. We might be able to identify where you can get support locally. Equally, if you work for an organisation or local authority and want us to support one of your clients, contact us on 0131 516 3548.
Please note that our role in this is not to give you our view on temporary accommodation but to assist you to put your view across.