Through an expression of interest process, which utilised a set of selection criteria, seventeen people with lived experience of homeless and/or housing insecurity were selected to participate in the project. The HOME project had a dual purpose:
- To engage in capacity building and co-design training with HOME lived experience advocates by increasing their skills, knowledge, and ability to partner in a co-design process and advocacy. The related project activities informed the toolkits development; and
- To produce this toolkit to assist Government and organisations to better engage with people with lived experience to improve the service system.
The HOME team met for eight workshops lasting three hours each from September 2019 – January 2020. This included workshops that facilitated and collated the lived experience expertise and input in the room, as well as capacity building workshops that brought in additional expertise in specific areas that the group expressed an interest in from lived experience storytelling to policy formulation and media, that would inform the information contained in this toolkit.
Critical to this project was the inclusion of peer support workers who the workshops to provide support to participants both during and between workshop sessions. This inclusion of peer support was important in managing trauma and mental health, as well as dispute resolution, by providing an agreed professional and independent response and process to ensure best outcomes.
Organisations are encouraged to utilise this toolkit developed by the HOME Project to ensure partnerships are informed by best practice principles and human rights approaches.