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The PIE4shelters project aims at improving the capacity of homeless services  to support women with the experience of homelessness and gender-based violence. The project will develop a training guideline for homeless services, based on the PIE approach. PIE stands for Psychologically Informed Environments .Psychologically-informed services take into account the psychological makeup – the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience - of service users in the way a  service operates (definition PIE link). The PIE4shelters project will also promote a trauma-informed and gender-sensitive way of working.

The main activities and outputs of the project:

  • Develop a PIE training framework, target group are homeless services.
  • Train frontline and management staff working with homeless services in the partner countries HU, BE, IE, IT, UK
  • Organize national awarenes raising events on PIE in partner countries, target group are homeless services

Training and awarenes raising events will be available for free. Related information & dates will be published on this website. You can also contact the project officer Ruth Kasper.

PIE4shelters started on the 1st of January 2018 and will run for 2 years. It is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) program of the European Commission. It is implemented by a consortium comprising homeless  and gender-based violence services: BMSZKI- Budapest Methodological Centre of Social Policy (coordinator, HU), CVFE - Collectif contre les Violences Familiales et l’Exclusion (Belgium), FEANTSA (Belgium/EU), Safe Ireland (Ireland), fio.PSD (Italy) and DePaul (UK). 

 Veuillez aussi visiter la page web du Collectif contres les Violences Familiales et l'Exclusion  dédiée au projet qui contient davantage d'information sur le projet en français.

You find more information about PIE4shelters in Italian  here.

This website was funded by the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the PIE4shelters project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.



European train-the-trainers on Psychologically-Informed Environments for homeless services, November 2018, London

The project partners from the PIE4shelters project met at Depaul’s offices in London for a 3-days intensive train-the-trainers on Psychologically-Informed Environments (PIEs).

Main target group were trainers who work with homeless services in the project countries (Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, UK). Training was provided by a series of experts on PIE, notably Dr Peter Cockersell, Nicola Saunders as a trauma expert who has been in working with women with experience and homelessness and gender-based violence (GBV) in shelter settings. Nicole Cirone from Solace Women’s Aid shared her experiences on how to actually transform a refuge into a PIE. Esther Sample from Safer London presented research on existing support services for homeless women survivors of GBV. Very valuable input was provided by expert partners from the GBV specialist sector Safe Ireland and Collectif contre les Violences Familiales et l’Exclusion (BE). All presentations can be accessed on the right (Download Section).

The next step is to jointly develop the training guideline for frontline and management staff working with homeless services. Extensive training activities will take place in partner countries in spring 2019.


1-day Training on PIE principles provided to Italian homeless service frontline staff, July 2018, Rome 

Dr Peter Cockersell provided a 1-day training on trauma and PIE in the context of homelessness and GBV/DV to frontline staff from several Italian homeless services and project partners. The training was very much appreciated and followed by intensive exchange between Peter, project partners and the participants from local services. The slides are accessible on the right (Download Section).