Ways to end homelessness will be discussed in Leeds next month by an international charity which provides help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages around the world.
The free talk will be delivered by Mark McGreevy OBE, Group Chief Executive of Depaul International, on Wednesday 1 February at Leeds Trinity University.
Currently based in Chicago, USA, Mr McGreevy works with the Institute of Global Homelessness; an academic institute founded in partnership between Depaul International and DePaul University in Chicago.
Mr McGreevy will talk about the different challenges we face when examining homelessness as a global phenomenon, and suggest ways to reduce and end homelessness. He said:
"Homelessness is a growing globally as a result of political unrest, natural disaster and urbanisation. The strategies to deal with this problem are complex and one size doesn't fit all. However, there is an evolving global movement of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates thinking creatively about how we might tackle this issue in both the developed and the developing world."
The topic is particularly pertinent with the latest release of figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England's streets which is a 16% increase on last year.
Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
"As a former Governor at Leeds Trinity University, we are honoured to welcome Mark back to campus – to showcase alumni and associates of Leeds Trinity through our prestigious Trinity Talk series. Mark's talk will be thought-provoking and inspirational, and I look forward to welcoming staff, students and guests onto campus for his talk."
Mr McGreevy is the first speaker for Trinity Talks; a prestigious series of high-profile lectures for Leeds Trinity's 50th Anniversary. Other speakers include author Gervase Phinn and former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi.
An engaging and inspiring speaker, his talk will be of interest to anyone involved with homelessness, social policy, psychology, charities and community – but everyone is welcome to attend.
His talk begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 1 February with a light buffet and refreshments beforehand, and will conclude with a Question and Answer panel sessions.
The event is free to attend, but guests are asked to register their attendance at www.leedstrinity50.co.uk/events.