Groundswell is a registered charity, which exists to enable homeless and vulnerable people to take more control of their lives, have a greater influence on services and to play a full role in our community.
Inclusive solutions! The only way to genuinely tackle homelessness and social exclusion is by utilising the knowledge and expertise of people affected by these issues.
There is no Them & Us – only Us! Groundswell brings everyone together to create effective solutions.
Involvement works! When everyone is involved, the process creates more effective services and enables people to regain their independence.
We believe in people! People are society’s most valuable resource, and everyone has the capacity to make a contribution.
The whole community benefits when we effectively tackle homelessness and social exclusion.
We specialise in peer-led work – involving people with experience of homelessness in finding real solutions to homelessness. We do this through Peer Research, Peer Advocacy and Peer Eductaion. We also train clients and service providers to have the skills to work more effectively together through client involvement.
Groundswell focuses on supporting homeless people to address their Health needs. This work includes Homeless Health Peer Advocacy which helps individuals improve their health, transforms the way health services interact with homeless people and saves NHS money and the TB Peer Education project to support homeless and vulnerable people to get screened for tuberculosis.
Our Peer Research work enables people with experience of homelessness and social exclusion to find out what is really going on, utilising their experiences to improve services and policy. Our work includes Insight & Action and the Escape Plan – conducted by and for homeless people to help discover, share and create practical solutions to homelessness.
We created the Homeless People’s Commission as a way for homeless people to use their personal experiences to positively influence policy issues.