Tickets & information about the Social Justice Conference – 18-20 September 2024 – are now live

Social Justice Conference 2024

Date: 18th – 20th September 2024

Location: Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Theme: Innovation & Collaboration

At Cranstoun, we empower people & empower change. We believe in collaboration, creativity, compassion, respect & ambition. We want to break down barriers and stand up tall for the people we work for and campaign alongside.

Our focus at the Social Justice Conference 2024 will be across five areas, harm reduction & drug policy, domestic abuse, criminal justice, housing & homelessness & children & young people’s services.

Conference Location 

This year’s conference will be held in Birmingham at the BCEC. Birmingham has an international airport with great connections to the city centre and conference venue. Trains run direct to Birmingham New Street from across the UK and the venue is a short walk from the train station.


There are plenty of city centre hotels within walking distance of the conference venue and the venue is connected to the Holiday Inn hotel.

Call for Abstracts

Our Call for Abstracts is still open, and we are particularly interested in topics that cut across two or more of the five service areas. To find out more and submit your abstract, click here.

The Social Justice Conference, 18-20 Sept, Birmingham. CLICK HERE to book your ticket.

Full programme and workshop details to follow.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or having an information table where you can share the work you do please contact:

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We will be announcing new speakers on a weekly basis.

Hannah Boyle

Women's Centre Development Lead, Simon Community

Committed to amplifying women’s voices, Hannah works for Simon Community Scotland, Scotland’s largest provider of homelessness services. With a focus on gendered responses within harm reduction, she led the 'A Digital Approach to Harm Reduction' project, resulting in the creation of the award-winning By My Side app. Now leading the development of a new Women’s Centre shaped by the insights and expertise of women to guide and challenge existing systems and promote change.

Rick Henderson

CEO, Homeless Link

Rick is CEO of Homeless Link, the national membership body for the homelessness sector in England with over 800 members. Prior to joining Homeless Link in 2012 he was CEO of Action for Advocacy. Rick is a member of the government’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Board and is an active member of Feantsa the European Homelessness network.

Judy Chang

Executive Director, International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)

Judy has worked in the HIV and community-based health and development field for 15 years. She brings 25 years of lived experience as a woman who uses drugs and a client of harm reduction services to her role. During the course of her work, she has worked in various contexts, such as India, China and Thailand. Judy holds a Master’s in International Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Contemporary Cultures and has been published in books and peer reviewed journals.

Rebecca Sycamore

Chief Executive, Toynbee Hall

Rebecca has worked in the field of social justice for over twenty years. She is currently Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, an east London charity which has been at the forefront of social change for 140 years; currently known for its debt advice, community work and peer led research. Rebecca was previously Executive Director of Strategy and Development at leading homelessness charity St. Mungo’s and has also held positions at Crisis and Homeless Link.

Naomi Burke-Shyne

Executive Director, Harm Reduction International

Naomi is the Executive Director of Harm Reduction International, a leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative impacts of drug use and drug policy. Naomi has worked in law, human rights, health and drug policy at national and international level for 18 years.

Jac Charlier

Executive Director, TASC's Center for Health and Justice

Jac is the Executive Director of TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), and Executive Director and co-founder of the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC). He is a co-founder of the international deflection movement, and works to grow and develop the global field of deflection. In his hometown of Chicago (USA), he is a recognized civic leader having co-founded several successful community initiatives. Jac is an Eagle Scout and US military veteran. He received his master’s degree from The Ohio State University and his BS in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Aura Roig Forteza

Founder Director, Metzineres

Aura is a social and cultural anthropologist and has a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Sociology of the Penal System. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Medical Anthropology. She is the Founder Director of Metzineres, the first non-governmental cooperative dedicated to developing sheltered environments for women and diverse gender people who use drugs, surviving violence and multiple situations of vulnerability. She is also an international advisor on drug policy, harm reduction, human rights and gender mainstream, combining research with design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of drug policies, programs and services. She has been working in Spain, USA, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica and around Europe.

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