In Birmingham, homelessness charity Crisis are delivering #HealthNow. This involves managing the local Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA) service and overseeing the local #HealthNow alliance across Birmingham.
In March 2021 the #HealthNow Birmingham team launched their peer research report ‘Understanding health inequality in Birmingham’.
Local Coordinator Frances wrote this blog, to share how the #HealthNow Birmingham peer team are using their local insight to create change.
Frances Schofield (pictured) is Birmingham’s #HealthNow Coordinator. She says:
“I’m really excited to join the #HealthNow Network and am inspired by the important and innovative peer research already underway across the UK. I’m looking forward to uniting people with experience of homelessness and key stakeholders to drive system change in Birmingham. Working together, we have a real opportunity to address homeless health inequalities and develop inclusive and effective services that work for everyone.“
Frances’ top priorities are:
- Having a steering group of experts by experience to give focus and direction to the #HealthNow Project in Birmingham
- Getting to know local partners in health and homelessness services, supporting each other and learning together
- Supporting the development of our #HealthNow alliance: engaging with stakeholders and ensuring the alliance is truly peer-led
- Being flexible and creative as we identify and respond to new issues arising from the pandemic
- Working as a #HealthNow team to share learning across Birmingham, Newcastle and Greater Manchester, translating local insight into national action
If you are based in Birmingham and have experience of homelessness, or work within the homelessness or health sectors, Frances would love to hear from you to see how you can be involved in #HealthNow. Drop her an email: [email protected].