Evie Greenstreet, researcher on Raise the Roof, an hour-long Channel 4 documentary about hidden homelessness  wants to contact charities and organisations that support families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with the aim of chatting with you about your organisation and how you support families.  The programme will be presented by Phil Spencer, most known as one of the UK’s best-loved presenters on Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It, although Phil has also been a patron of St Mungo’s homelessness charity in London for many years, campaigns to help communities get empty homes back into use, and is passionate about eradicating homelessness in the UK.  This current project is one that he developed and championed with the channel. 


Evie said, “We are very keen to talk to families and individuals who are going through eviction, living in temporary accommodation and trying to navigate through the private rental market in the UK.  We’re particularly interested in how welfare reform and the overheated market affects people working in low-paid, insecure jobs.  Telling their stories will undoubtedly be the strongest way of highlighting the stress and appalling conditions faced by many searching for a safe, clean place to live.   It’s perhaps worth saying that for this programme, we are focusing on the hidden homelessness of people living in temporary accommodation rather than rough sleeping.


“I have two reasons for contacting you.  We’re grateful to have great support from the major housing and homelessness charities – Shelter, Crisis, Centrepoint and many others.  They’re helping us understand the causes and consequences of the housing crisis, which will help us keep our facts straight and our message clear.  So it would be great to be able to add you to this network.  But it would also be fantastic if you can help us make contact with families going through homelessness right now.  We are acutely aware that people facing or going through being evicted will be very distressed, but we feel that the strongest way of telling this story is to hear first-hand how being made homeless impacts on people’s daily lives.  We hope that Phil would be able to meet families, understand their situation, and see if there’s anything he can do to help.  


“Raise the Roof is an independent production company, part-owned by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp.  We produce high-quality programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC. With 15 network series under our belt, our work is widely recognised throughout the industry for having high end production values, ambition and scale. We’ve steadily built a reputation for being a forward thinking company trusted to deliver.  See more about our company, our work and Phil’s empty homes campaign at http://raisetheroofproductions.com/our-work/tv-shows/phils-empty-homes-giveaway/


“It would be great to hear about your experiences and your thoughts on issues surrounding housing across the United Kingdom.  My contact number is 0141 227 5880. Alternatively, if you provide me with a suitable time, I will be sure to give you a call.”

FREE online Community Directory listing, and complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees' Network

We are updating the information we hold on our members to ensure we have only the most up-to-date details on file in preparation for additional benefits of Northumberland CVA membership, which is free to voluntary and community groups and organisations that operate in Northumberland:  

Online Community Directory: We will soon be offering our members FREE listings in an online community directory that allows the facility of searching for organisations by name, the services they provide, the client groups they work with and the geographical areas of Northumberland in which they work, as well as by venue and by the meeting spaces they offer.

If you’d like to be listed in the directory and you are already a member of Northumberland CVA, please complete our update form

If you are not yet a member of Northumberland CVA, you can complete our application for membership form.


Complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees’ Network:  Membership of the network normally costs £50 per year for organisations with a turnover of £10,000 or more (free to those with a turnover below £10,000).  Now it is free to Northumberland CVA members.  All you need to do is complete the network application form so we can register your individual trustees to give them access.

Members of Northumberland Trustees' Network receive additional monthly e-bulletins that are full of news on legal updates, governance issues, consultations, events and networking opportunities.  They also have access to a huge library of over 400 useful resources. If you are not yet a member of Northumberland CVA but would like to join to get complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees’ Network, you can complete our application for membership form

If you are a member of Northumberland CVA but we do not have the contact details of your trustees, please complete our update form.

If you want to be a member of Northumberland Trustees' Network but not Northumberland CVA, simply complete and return our application form for Northumberland Trustees' Network.


Membership of Northumberland CVA also offers the following benefits:

  • Free job advertising via the fortnightly e-bulletin ( distribution list of over 950 contacts) and the Northumberland CVA website
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