Sarah Walters

Sarah Walters

Professional Title: Development Manager
Institution: Shelter
Position: Associate Member

Bio

I work for Shelter on a Big Lottery Funded project in Manchester UK, working with people with multiple and complex needs. I lead on several strands of work including housing and homelessness, trainee programmes and the offer for women. I have led a successful Housing First pilot which for the next 2 years will concentrate on Housing First for women. I formed and lead a Community of Practice for frontline Housing First workers, supported by Homeless Link. I am part of a steering group which formed the Women’s Homelessness Action Group in Manchester, a cross sector, inclusive group which campaigns and researches the need for more women only provision across services, particularly in relation to housing. I chair a group leading Women’s Voices, a service user participation group which brings together women who use services for social interaction and community. The group also work to campaign and have been involved in research around the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence.
In 2017 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to research women’s homelessness in USA and Canada and published my report on their website as well as in other forums.

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