A colleague at Turning Point Scotland has been awarded a five week placement to visit seven Housing First services in Canada and the United States of America.

Ian Irvine, Operations Manager at Turning Point Scotland applied to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust award travelling fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities.


Over 1000 applications were received this year, of which 125 were awarded between 4 to 8 week placements. Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited.

This once in a lifetime opportunity will see Ian travel overseas for five weeks visiting Housing First services in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Washington and two services in New York.

Ian Irvine developed a Housing First pilot project in Glasgow. Now in its third year, the service provides mainstream social housing and 24/7 outreach support to individual who are homeless, aged 18 or over, and involved in drug and alcohol misuse.

Ian Irvine commented:

“Housing First is a well established service model in both Canada and the United States. I look forward to spending time visiting services, learning about their practices and sharing information back to the United Kingdom to enhance the Housing First model.”

Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland said:

“We are delighted that Ian has been successful with his application. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to see a number of Housing First services and the wider issues which they cover including families, mental health and working with veterans.

“We look forward to Ian sharing the wealth of information he will gather which in turn can be used to develop and enhance Housing First services across the UK and Europe.”