Rough Sleeping Peer Support

The Rough Sleeping Peer Support offer forms part of the LGA’s refocused support to help local government and communities address COVID-19 and its consequences. The offer involves the delivery of a programme of dynamic and inclusive Delivery & Impact Panels.


Rough Sleeping Delivery and Impact Panel

The LGA Delivery and Impact Panel is a focused two-and-a-half-hour remote session which creates the space, framework and process for small groups of up to 10 council officers to share and challenge learning and practice and to help inform the next stage of their rough sleeping response. They will be interactive conversations that will capture strengths, challenges, key issues and learning. 

Delivery and Impact Panels are based on the LGA’s existing Sector Led Improvement (SLI) principles, providing a constructive process with the central aim of helping councils to improve. The Panel aims to provide: 

  • The space and time for council officers to reflect upon their work to date and consider their plans
  • A framework and process for councils to consider and test their rough sleeping plans  
  • Challenge and support from senior officer peers from other councils also taking part in the peer support process
  • A structured conversation to explore and stretch current thinking on each council’s delivery arrangements 
  • An opportunity to identify and share good practice across the sector
  • It also helps support sector improvement through the professional development of officers and the sharing of practice

Following the completion of each Delivery and Impact Panel, the LGA will provide a summary write up including strengths, details of good practice, areas of emerging issues and gaps. Panel reports will extract emerging themes, issues and gaps, providing a growing evidence base in relation to rough sleeping plans which the sector can utilise more widely.  

Participants will be encouraged to maintain contact with each other after the panel discussion to support on-going networking and shared learning.

The LGA will also produce a national report detailing key themes and emerging learning from the Delivery and Impact Panels which the potential to inform national policy development.

How to participate in a Delivery and Impact Panel

This offer of peer support is available to all councils to support their rough sleeping response (including those councils who are not in receipt of Next Steps Accommodation Programme funding).

You will be invited to nominate a relevant officer to participate in a panel discussion. This should be an individual who you deem to be the most appropriate with enough knowledge, experience and expertise to discuss your rough sleeping plans.

LGA officers will work with your nominated officer to finalise invitations for each session. Our aim is to ensure that the make-up of the panels facilitates, as far as possible, the bringing together of councils who share similar challenges, opportunities or characteristics. 

To find out more about the Rough Sleeping Peer Support offer, please contact your regional LGA Principal Adviser or the Lead Adviser, Cindy Lowthian: cindy.lowthian@local.gov.uk