It is a well known fact that homelessness can have a seriously damaging effect on someone’s physical and mental wellbeing. All of our homelessness services include a range of health interventions and partnerships - we provide support to our customers to ensure that they receive the help they need to overcome any health problems, so as they are able to move-on to lead an independent and healthy life.
At our larger schemes, including George House in Plymouth and St Pauls in Bournemouth, we work in partnership with the local GP surgeries and other primary healthcare services, to provide these services on site. We have also developed strong links with a wide range of physical and mental health providers, and agencies that support people with alcohol and substance misuse issues - which means that if we can't provide someone with the support and expertise they need, we can signpost them to someone who can.
In 2013 we secured funding to provide a service within hospitals in both Bournemouth and Plymouth to ensure that homeless people who are discharged from hospital are supported into appropriate accommodation, and are engaged with appropriate health and community services.