Street Life – Developing an Understanding of Drug Use and Homelessness

An in-depth look at the relationship between drug use and homelessness.
The one-day training aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between drug use and homelessness, and will support staff to understand the response to drug use and homelessness in Scotland.

The two-day training builds upon the learning from the first day and embeds this learning in practice by developing strategies to encourage engagement. delivering harm reduction and risk management plans as well as looking at the resources and services within local areas.

Learning Outcomes

After the one-day course, participants will be able to:

  • give a definition of homelessness
  • recognise the law and local authority responsibilities to those who are homeless
  • identify the complex relationship between drug and alcohol use, mental health and homelessness
  • recognise the key substances used by people who are homeless
  • give examples of different models and approaches to working with those who use drugs and are homeless.

After the two-day course, participants will be able to:

  • identify barriers to engagement and identify effective strategies
  • recognise risks and develop appropriate risk management plans
  • demonstrate increased confidence to deliver harm reduction interventions to people who use drugs and are homeless
  • identify resources and services that can support those who are homeless and who use drugs.

Aimed At

Drug workers. housing and homelessness workers, social workers, GPs. nurses. teachers. mental health workers, pharmacy staff and prison staff.


Commissioned – please contact Richard Bloodworth ( for more information.


One or two days