The 3rd Annual Starter Pack Networking Event took place in Falkirk this month with over 40 delegates with the theme being “The Difference You’re Making.
Delegates were welcomed to the event by David Cressey (CEO of Scottish Churches Housing Action) and Michael Cook (CEO of Community Resources Network Scotland). Both organisations are delighted to continue hosting this event and see this event as an important date in their annual events calendar.
Professor Sarah Johnsen spoke to delegates about her research on the Housing First model which is based around a home being the best foundation from which to address any other challenges people face. It aims to provide safety and security, and a fresh opportunity for people to build and live their lives as part of a community.
There was a heart-felt presentation from Michaela Devlin who explained the value of a starter pack from a beneficiary perspective and emphasised how respect between starter pack projects and their beneficiaries is so valuable.
There were breakout sessions with Biddy Kelly from Fresh Start talking about their “Hit Squad Service” and Gavin and Jacqui from Starter Packs Glasgow leading a discussion on consistency and quality of service.
David and Heather from SCHA lead a session on how to work smarter and in partnership with others to maximise the impact of starter pack services across Scotland.
The final presentation of the day was from Stewart MacGregor from the Robertson Trust – Scotland’s largest independent trust funder who are active supporters of a number of projects already. He spoke enthusiastically about starter pack projects being a “No Brainer” for the Robertson Trust and that if any starter pack projects hadn’t already approached them for funding then they should do so.
A really positive end to a great networking day!