The Scottish Homelessness and Employability Network (SHEN)

Improving opportunities for people facing homelessness through engagement with education, training and employment opportunities

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The SHEN network has  been  set up to improve opportunities for  people facing homelessness in Scotland  through engagement with education, training and employment opportunities. They make links between organisations and individuals working in homelessness  services, education and training providers, policy officers and statutory organisations responsible for developing strategies in this field. They are also working with businesses and employers to develop practices which will enable vulnerable people to gain employment.

One of their main aims is to create  opportunities for members to share information and influence policy development.  With the support of the Scottish Government, members are working  together to establish evidence of good practice, exchange and disseminate  information on policy and practice across Scotland, with the aim of mainstreaming  good practice in all Scottish local authority areas.

At  the same time, they are also challenging the barriers to employability which  homelessness creates, with a focus on welfare reform and employment policy.

They are also carrying out research and identify “success stories” from their members.



Clare Archibald (SHEN Co-ordinator)
c/o Homeless Action Scotland Stanhope House
Stanhope House
12 Stanhope Place
EH12 5HH

Phone: 0131 337 8243
Fax: 0131 337 7975

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