HHPA turns 10

Groundswell Timeline / 2020

In August 2020 Groundswell celebrated 10 years of HHPA (Homeless Health Peer Advocacy) . In the first decade of this award-winning service over 130 volunteers with experience of homelessness had been trained in peer advocacy, supporting over 10,000 people who were homeless to access healthcare, improving their physical and mental health.

To mark the occasion, Tasia (who joined Groundswell as a Peer Advocate in early 2020) interviewed Gerry, one of Groundswell’s first ever volunteer Peer Advocates. They discussed the importance of lived experience, the value of advocacy and why health is an issue that needs particular attention when working with someone who is homeless. Watch the interview here.