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Conference testimonials

May 20, 2015: Empowering homeless people to make resilient and lasting life changes

"Wonderful. Informative. Innovative. Current. Relevant." Anon

"I have been to a Lemos&Crane conference before, so I knew it would be good!" Ali Preston, Senior Support Worker, Wycombe Homeless Connection

"Excellent information & hopefully we can empower more clients to access more facilities through the internet & free services." Finola Ryan, Housing + Homeless, Disabilities, Caritas Westminster 

"Very informative. Great networking. Many thanks." Sally Wright, Key Worker, Windsor Christian Action 

"I came here today with a specific set of things I wanted to know about, and I now have them in spades!" Graeme Trelford-Davies, Life Skills Co-ordinator, Brighton and Hove City Council

"A really productive, engaging day, thoughtful speakers and great networking." Anon


November 20, 2014: Adults with learning disabilities living in the community: combating isolation and supporting well-being and resilience

"An interesting and informative conference that has helped me to re-commit to the values that brought me into social care. It has also really helped me connect with the concept of wellbeing in the new Care Act." Jackie Meek, Team Manager, City of Westminster

"I love Lemos&Crane conferences - so stimulating." Anon

"A really great day for learning and sharing - amazing to hear about such positive ideas and people." Susi Hall, Team Manager, LBB

"The conference works well because it moves along quickly (but thoroughly!) and covers several facets of an issue - which makes it lively engaging and informative." - Ciaran Rafferty, Principal Grants Officer, City Bridge Trust

"Thought-provoking day, much to take in and use in my professional capacity and personal life." Anon

"Today has been very inspirational and has left me feeling re-energised! Thank you." Pauline Grainger, Quality Check Coordinator, Heritage Care


June 26, 2014: Long-term well-being and resilience for homeless people

"As always, an excellent event. Great mix of speakers and expertly facilitated by Gerard. Really buzzed and inspired." Jayne Howard, Director, Arts for Health Cornwall.

"Really thought-provoking presentations, selected very wisely. I learned a lot. The whole day (right down to the welcome at the top of the stairs) was beautifully curated." Jeremy Spafford, Director, Arts at the Old Fire Station.

"Excellent, thought-provoking conference." David Parker-Radford, Homeless Health Project Manager, The Queen's Nursing Institute.

"Great venue, great conference, great food! Thank you!" Dave Perry, Community Leader, Emmaus.

"Excellent day, good presentations, thought-provoking and re-invigorative. I am going back [to work] with fire in my belly..." Karen Chambers, Supported Housing Manager, Axiom Housing Manager.

"Inspiring in every way - life and work." Anonymous delegate on Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness.

"Wow!", "Really inspiring!!", "Excellent with stars!" and "Perfect end to today! Beautiful." Anonymous delegates on Paul Monks, Artistic Director, Core Arts. 


May 15, 2014: Rehabilition and reducing reoffending for prisons, probation, charities, and voluntary organisations

"Lemos&Crane always offer the most stimulating and well-run conferences in challenging fields of social policy." Tim Robertson, Chief Executive, Koestler Trust

"An excellent conference convening innovative thinking and positive mindsets helping to move the sector forward." Simon Fulford, Chief Executive, Khulisa

"I wish more prisons were there to hear what is possible and desirable!" Harriet Laurie, Founder, TheHorseCourse

"Incredibly motivating and inspiring ideas and research." Holly Koehler, Pipe Prison Officer, HMP Send, on Corin Morgan-Armstrong, HMP Parc and Invisible Walls Wales. 

"Excellent. Real. Illuminating." Anonymous delegate on Debbie Hall, Assistant Governor, HMP Doncaster

"Excellent conference – I enjoyed every bit of this conference. This was my first time and I see myself attending again and again.  Gerard Lemos was great, the food was great and your receptionists were superb. Thanks for having me – I will come again." Olalekan Adebayo, Deputy Manager, Luton Community Housing.  

"Very useful and inspiring and a great networking opportunity. We are in the process of pulling together a Stage 2 Lottery Bid... and we will use and further develop ideas, concepts and connections made today - thanks." Murray Dawson, Chief Executive, Station House Media Unit

"Really glad I came (from Weymouth). I've learnt a lot, thank you. Thinking about using some of the knowledge I have gained in my dissertation for Psychology (Bsc). I used to say I'm just a volunteer but the speakers have made me realise that it's not a JUST at all - it is actually invaluable. P.S. lunch was amazing!" Nadia Soliman, Probation Volunteer, Dorset Volunteer Centre


November 21, 2013: Improving literacy outcomes for children with dyslexia/SpLD 

"Thank you. Great venue – great organisation – great networking – very stimulating." - Bev Lee, Support teacher, Ilfracombe CE Junior School

"Thank you. This conference was well worth the long journey. I would certainly attend another run by Lemos&Crane." Margaret Jennings, SENCo, Wigmore High School 

"Very professional and interesting day. Great selection of speakers. Very well (and amusingly) compered by Mr Lemos. Came away with tons of ideas. And lunch was very good too! Loved all the speakers! All equally interesting and useful!" Philip Brennan, SENCo, The Burgate School

"Fantastic course, well worth the money. I came representing two schools that had split the cost and travelled three hours to get here, so I’m glad it was so worthwhile. Got lots of contacts, info, things to look at, try, explore and share and disseminate back to both the schools in which I work as a SENCo." - Tania Walter, SENCo, Knightlow Primary School

"Gerard Lemos was fantastic: engaging, humorous, questioning and perceptive." Sarah Saunders, Class Teacher, Toftwood Junior School


June 20, 2013: Supported Housing - Welfare reform, new commissioning frameworks and personalisation

“A very professional conference. It opened my eyes to new and existing ideas.” – Dave Nichols, Service Lead, Rethink Mental Illness

"Excellent  - informative – challenging – spot on.” – Linda Gorman, Deputy Director, St. Ignatius Housing Association 

“A very informative programme of presentations that increased my knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for supported housing.” – Richard Norris, Team Leader, Housing Finance, Central Bedfordshire Council

“Very good conference, great ideas and options to take back to my organisation.” – Sue Groom, Neighbourhood and Community Services Director, Severnside Housing

“A great day. Thank you so much.” – Manager, Redbridge Action Against Domestic Abuse (RAADA)

“Speakers were all excellent and very relevant.” – Sue Green, Housing Related Support Commissioner, Warwickshire County Council


June 6, 2013: Homelessness prevention and support

“Thank you. Brilliantly facilitated.” – Steve Ellis, Chief Executive, St. Peter’s Society

“Thoroughly useful, thought provoking day.” – Helen Carrick, Project Officer, Southend Borough Council

“All speakers made points that made me think and learn. I was inspired by each and all.” – Chief Officer, Venus


May 3, 2013: Universal Credit in 2013 and beyond

“Really enjoyed this conference, one of the most interesting and informative ones I have attended.” – Housing Operations Manager, Thurrock Council

“Thoroughly enjoyed the conference. All presentations were highly informative. Demo projects were of particular interest to my area of work so found these very useful... facilitation of conference was excellent.” – Income Services Manager, Newport City Homes

“Fantastic learning opportunity and sharing of good practice.” – Financial Inclusion Co-ordinator, Hastoe Housing

“It has been very useful in terms of practically applying welfare reform to social housing." – Welfare Reform Advisor / Project Group, Network Stadium


December 6, 2012:  Tackling cruelty towards people with learning disabilities living in the community: New approaches in social and supported housing, adult social care and criminal justice

“Great conference and a ground-breaking report – Great Work!” – Equalities Project Manager, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

“This was an excellent conference.   I think you’ve gathered a great variety of speakers who provided genuine information – challenges and inspiration to us all” – Involvement Manager, Choice Support

“Extremely well coordinated event, very thought provoking and relevant.  I will work differently as a result.” – Director, Restorative Approaches in Housing

“I thought that involving the group who had participated in the research was genuinely very powerful and thought provoking and made the audience sit up and think about how we approach these vulnerable people in future” – Anon

“Great conference and I got much out of it. Well done!”  – Jo Davies, Campaigns and Policy Officer, Mencap

“The conference was very interesting  and I thought the Stay up Late project was especially brilliant!”  – Sarah Roy, Chesterfield Law Centre

“This is one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a very long time, lots of new ideas and inspired to take some of these forward in Reading”  – Community Safety Manager, Reading Council


November 28, 2012: Tenant involvement and empowerment - meeting new standards: Understanding the regulatory framework and delivering best practice

“This is the first event by Lemos&Crane that I have attended and I am impressed.” – Housing Services Director, North London Muslim Housing Association

“It was good to have a proactive facilitator who also asked questions and controversial ones too.” – Resident, Soha Housing

“The speakers were organised into a very smart schedule.” – Senior Resident Involvement Officer, Notting Hill Housing Group


November 20, 2012: Troubled families and social housing: Delivering new funding programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve work and education outcomes

“I am really impressed by the organisation and the subjects covered in the presentations.  Thank you!” – Early Response Hub Manager, Slough Borough Council

“Very useful as I am the housing representative in our troubled families project group.  Lots of good practice to share.” – Tenancy Sustainment Manger, Tamworth Borough Council

“Very enjoyable conference.” – Community Safety Manager, Places for People

“Good conference, good speakers, good venue.” – Floating Support Team Manager, Sandwell Homes


October 25, 2012: Supporting offenders to improve their literacy: Developing communication, reading and writing skills for work and wellbeing

“Another excellent conference, with an inspirational group of speakers.  Thank you all.” – Literacy Tutor, Thames Reach

“Thank you for a really varied and interesting day.” – Prisoner and Family Support Service Manager, Prisoners Abroad

“I have been to a lot of boring conferences.  I thoroughly enjoyed this – great people, great speakers, good mix, good ideas and energy.” – Director, Safe Ground

“Enjoyed listening to other people’s ideas, and will definitely take some back with me.  The venue was good, ran smoothly and kept you engaged.” – Library Supervisor, HMP Featherstone

“Well organised event, good and comfortable venue, varied and well chosen informed and informative speakers.  Good host.” – Library Supervisor, Staffordshire County Council

“I am managing a pilot project working with prison reading groups and I found the conference very informative, not only for practical tips on working with offenders but also for giving me an insight into the emotional barriers to learning that they face. I also liked the variety of the speakers and really enjoyed the short play at the close of the day.” – Supporter Relations Manager, National Literacy Trust


July 5, 2012: Housing, health and well-being: New opportunities for service and business development

“Very informative, some new ideas for us” – Assistant Director, Community Integrated Care

“Great day, good venue, right mix of information, presentation & some light heartedness” – Strategic Housing & Support Manager, Openhouse


May 31, 2012: Payment by results in supported housing: Demonstrating value for successful commissioning

“A very informative conference – thank you” – CEO, Brigstowe

“Meaningful content and well facilitated” – Commissioning Manager, Somerset County Council

“Overall an excellent day” – Business Development Manager, Future Health & Social Care

“Very good critical analysis throughout the day” – Director of Operations, Sussex Oakleaf


May 10, 2012: Preparing for the challenges of Universal Credit in social housing: Supporting tenants to take on new responsibilities and improve their money management

“Excellent Conference” – Financial Inclusion Officer, Plymouth Community Homes

“The facilitation of the day was excellent and the question sessions very valuable” – Money Advice Team Manager, Westcountry Housing Association

“Right topic, right speakers – provoked lots of discussion, question and debate” – Director of Customer Services, South Staffordshire Housing Association

“A very well organised day. The structure was spot on.” – Finance & Resources Director, Southway Housing Trust

“Excellent, very informative.  Well presented by speakers” – Housing Services Manager, North Warwickshire Borough Council  

“Really good day, very interesting + informative” – Operations Manager, Flagship Housing Group


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