Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on tackling homelessness on our streets and hear how your business can play its part.

Subject: Homelessness and your Business

Everyday 4 new people find themselves homeless on the streets of Westminster.

Date: Wednesday 24 October
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly

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The Government has vowed to end rough sleeping by 2027 and launched a £100million strategy this summer on how to achieve this. Public money will be an important part in reaching this objective, but innovative thinking on how to tackle the hugely complex issue of homelessness will be equally important.

Hear from our panel of experts as we explore how we as the local business community, can  make a real difference on homelessness and rough sleeping at our latest perspective event.

Our expert panel:


Paul Morrish, Land Aid, Chief Executive: Chair speaker - With 25 years of experience working for charities and not-for-profit organisations, Paul will chair the event. Paul became Chief Executive of LandAid in 2015. The company exists to help end youth homelessness, working, uniquely, with companies involved in property and construction to raise funds and offer free advice to front-line charities around the UK. Find out more about LandAid here.

Councillor Ian Adams, Cabinet Member for Public Protection & Licensing - Ian will introduce our speakers. With 15 years experience as a Councillor, Ian has held the position of Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Chairman of the Westminster Scrutiny Commission and will establish why this topic is so crucial. Find out more about Ian’s role at Westminster City Council here.

Polly Gilbert, TAP London, Co-Founder - A non-profit organisation, TAP is dedicated to using technology in innovative ways to tackle homelessness. Since launching in 2017, TAP has provided over 400 hours of paid employment to Londoners experiencing homelessness and raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Supported by The Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council and Heart of London, this November, TAP London will launch a contactless giving ecosystem in London, enabling the public to donate to homeless charities easily and quickly. Find out more about TAP London here.

Robert White, Homelessness Commissioner for Rough Sleeping - Through leading partnerships with the Home Office and Met Police, Robert and his team at Westminster City Council work on reducing rough sleeping within Westminster; including commissioning of outreach services, Day Centres and accommodation services for rough sleepers. Find out more about Westminster City Council here.

Charlotte Talbott, The Connection, Director of Services - Charlotte works with people to overcome their homelessness through a range of specialist day and night services. The services that Charlotte and her team provide, give a route to empower people living on the edges of society to take control of their lives and achieve recovery. Find out more about The Connections here.

Petra Salva, St Mungo's, Director of Rough Sleepers, Ex-Offenders & Migrant Services - Petra’s work with St Mungo’s has led to direct conversation with people who are sleeping rough, in hostels and at risk of homelessness. She believes in helping people every step of the journey away from homelessness, helping them rebuild their lives and fulfil their hopes and ambitions. Find out more about St Mungo’s here.