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Eva Hamilton MBE

Eva was born and raised in Ireland. At the age of 18 she spent time in Calcutta working in one of Mother Theresa's homes for the dying. This was a life changing experience and shaped her understanding of social problems as being more than material deprivation, but having strong, emotional and spiritual dimensions at their root.

On coming to England she joined Business in the Community (BITC) heading first of all HRH The Prince of Wales' ‘Seeing is Believing’ Programme and then pioneering a new multimillion pound Corporate Social Responsibility programme, ‘Business Action on Homelessness’ addressing the approach to how corporate Britain tackles homelessness

The latter was the subject of a three part BBC2 programme ‘Headhunting the Homeless’ which followed Eva's work over a period of a year and documented the way that she tackled the then indifference of corporate Britain to issues such as homelessness.

Her decades of experience running these programmes made Eva realise the importance of addressing the causes rather than the symptoms and inspired her to establish the Warrior Programme in 2007 with the aim of tackling the emotional and mental trauma that can be an underlying cause for homelessness for ex-servicemen and women. Eva is also a supporter of the ResponseAbility Alliance WILDERNESS WARRIOR Programme

In 2005 Eva was awarded an MBE by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Eva is an effective networker and ideas generator - pioneering new and radical approaches to dealing with some of the UK's most intractable social problems - for example: Key4Life supported by Sir Bob Geldof.

The organisational models that she has devised and initiated have been taken up by organisations throughout the UK and cross the public, voluntary and private sectors in encouraging innovation in the way that marginalised communities are empowered and supported.

Eva has successfully balanced a family of two young children, her full-time commitment to her campaigning and attention to her own well-being, physical and mental health. As a result of her own direct mental and emotional health experiences, she has been continually struck at how the emotional and psychological causes of social deprivation including, homelessness, prostitution and addiction were not adequately addressed by mainstream agencies and conventional approaches.

 

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