Opus restaurant to host discussion panel on homelessness

Opus Restaurant in Birmingham is to host its fourth ‘In Conversation With’ event focusing on the growing issue of homelessness in the West Midlands.

An expert panel, including Jean Templeton, chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s homeless taskforce, and Birmingham GP Dr Judith Yates, founding member of the Independent Consortium on Drug Consumption Rooms, will discuss how the region can tackle the rise in homelessness in the region.

Homelessness in the West Midlands – it’s time for systemic change is the latest Opus In Conversation event hosted by the city’s most sustainable restaurant. Previous events over the past 18 months have been a panel debate with candidates for this year’s West Midlands mayoral elections; an EU referendum debate with campaigners; and discussion on the future of bees.

The discussion has been prompted by the rise in rough sleeping around Birmingham city centre, which is only tip of the homeless crisis iceberg.

Opus director Ann Tonks said: “There is far too much homelessness in our region. There are people visibly sleeping rough around the city centre and I know many businesses want to contribute to the big efforts that are being made to help the homeless, but beyond charitable donations are unsure on the best way to help. This is such an important and challenging subject to focus on, and we expect the audience members to ask hard-hitting questions during the evening.

“We are keen to ensure that the audience goes away far better informed about the multiple issues that contribute to homelessness in the region, have a clear sense of how they might be able to help, and direct their support fruitfully.”

The panel discussion and Q&A takes place on Monday, October 9 at 5.30pm and will be hosted by Birmingham Post & Mail Editor Marc Reeves. Other panelists include Marcus Casey, Highway Traffic Management; Lorna Gavin, Gowling WLG; and Cllr Sharon Thompson, Ambassador for addressing Homelessness & Rough Sleeping.

Tickets for the Opus In Conversation are free but must be booked in advance from:

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