Building a Network of Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Services
Groundswell is committed to helping more people benefit from Homeless Health Peer Advocacy around the country. This is a simple solution to helping homeless people access the health care and treatment they need. A team of volunteers with experience of homelessness are trained as advocates and support people to make, attend and have their voice heard at health appointments.
We know this approach works. Read the evaluation of the service which concludes it saves lives (and money).
We are looking for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Homeless Health specialist services and Voluntary and Community Sector partners who would be interested in setting up a service in their area.
Groundswell offers support including:
• Initial visit to discuss the service with local stakeholders
• Considering the health needs and experiences of homeless people in your area (including through peer research)
• Learning from our experience of running the service
• Development of services specifications, budgets, key performance indicators and targets
• Seeking funding
• Training project staff
• Recruitment, training and support of your first cohort of Peer Advocates
• Use of our Homeless Health Peer Advocacy database to manage referrals
• Ad hoc support with case work issues
• Policy, processes and templates
• Membership of our HHPA network to support and learn from each other
If you are interested in setting a service up in your area, please contact National Expansion Manager Jenny McAteer via the Groundswell office.
The National Expansion of HHPA is generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Tudor Trust.