Health creates a foundation for moving out of homelessness. #HealthNow is led by Groundswell and delivered in partnership with national charities Crisis and Shelter. The aim is to work towards an inclusive health system where everyone has access to the health care they need; ultimately moving people out of homelessness.
People experiencing homelessness have highly complex health needs resulting in an average of 11 people dying every week in the UK; more than a quarter who are under 40 years old. University College London (UCL) recently found that nearly one third of homeless people die from treatable conditions. When someone is homeless, they are often living chaotic lives, trying to navigate systems working in silos to find a safe place to sleep, secure work, claim benefits and overcome debt – their health is not a priority.
We want to make it easy for people to access healthcare and improve their health. We know that #HealthNow creates a foundation for moving out of homelessness.
#HealthNow is a UK wide campaign, working towards an inclusive health system where everyone has access to the health care they need; ultimately moving people out of homelessness.
Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA)
Groundswell has partnered with Crisis (in Birmingham and Newcastle) and Shelter (in Manchester) to support them to deliver Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA). The award-winning model has been helping people experiencing homelessness address their physical and mental health needs in London since 2010. Local volunteers with experience of homelessness will be trained to become peer advocates, supporting homeless people to access the healthcare they need.
Local #HealthNow alliances
Our local partners, alongside people with experience of homelessness and other stakeholders within the homelessness and health sectors, will form local #HealthNow alliances in Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. Each local alliance will be informed by peer led research to understand and raise awareness of local barriers to accessing healthcare for homeless people. Local #HealthNow alliance members will use this insight to co-produce solutions to overcome homeless health inequalities in their area.
National #HealthNow alliance
The local activities, insight and changes uncovered by each local #HealthNow alliance will inform a national #HealthNow alliance. The activities of HHPA combined with the local #HealthNow alliance research will lead to nationwide actions being adopted to improve homeless health, ultimately helping people move out of homelessness.
If you or your organisation would like to be part of the #HealthNow alliance on a local or national level please let Jenny, our #HealthNow Director know.
The above diagram sets out the vision, aims and objectives of #HealthNow.
#HealthNow is generously supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Tudor Trust. Our partners Crisis UK and Shelter England have kindly contributed matched funding.