Home News Posts by Harry Williams

Former Commonweal Trustee Jeremy Swain has died

By Harry Williams / May 30, 2024

Commonweal Housing is deeply saddened to hear of the death this week of Jeremy Swain, a former Trustee of Commonweal Housing and respected housing sector leader. Jeremy was involved with Commonweal for a decade, spending seven years as part of our first advisory panel from 2010, before returning as a Trustee for three years between…

Read More

Commonweal appoints Trustee Amarjit Bains to Vice-Chair of Board

By Harry Williams / April 15, 2024

Social justice charity Commonweal Housing has appointed its experienced Trustee and homelessness project delivery expert Amarjit Bains, to Vice-Chair of the Board, expanding and strengthening its executive team. Bains, who has been a member of the Commonweal Board since February 2021, has over a decade of experience in leadership roles across differing sectors, specialising in…

Read More

Care, mental health, and school exclusion: drivers of youth homelessness requiring urgent attention, research says

By Harry Williams / March 21, 2024

Young people who have had experience of the care system, have mental health problems, or have faced serial school exclusion have an increased risk of homelessness, new research shows. These three drivers of youth homelessness were highlighted as being of particular concern and requiring additional attention in a report by the national homelessness membership charity…

Read More

Scattered housing options leaving survivors of modern slavery at risk of homelessness and re-trafficking, new research shows

By Harry Williams / October 18, 2023

Survivors of modern slavery are at risk of homelessness, destitution or being re-trafficked as a result of an uncoordinated framework and scattered housing options, a new report shows. The research, which was conducted by anti-trafficking charity Human Trafficking Foundation and funded by social justice charity Commonweal Housing, explores the housing options for survivors of human…

Read More

Fiona Mactaggart steps down from Commonweal after 17 years, with legacy in place

By Harry Williams / September 27, 2023

Long-standing member of Commonweal Housing, the Rt Honorable Fiona Mactaggart, has become an Honorary Patron of the charity, stepping down from the Board of Trustees after 17 years. Mactaggart, who served as a Member of Parliament for Slough from 1997 to 2017, leaves a lasting legacy at Commonweal, having shaped the vision and trajectory of…

Read More

Housing needs of young adult carers must be recognised or risk homelessness, report warns

By Harry Williams / June 5, 2023

Unpaid carers aged 16-25 face potential homelessness unless their housing needs are urgently met in policy, a new report has warned. Awareness of the housing support needs of this cohort, known as young adult carers, is currently low across policy and practice. However, the risk of homelessness among young adult carers is often high and…

Read More