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Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA)
Shelter operate a HHPA service for #HealthNow Greater Manchester.
Volunteer Peer Advocates with experience of homelessness work to improve the confidence of people facing homelessness in using health services and increase their ability to access healthcare independently.
To refer to the service in Greater Manchester, email: #[email protected]
#HealthNow peer research report: Understanding homeless health in Greater Manchester
Between November – December 2020, five volunteer researchers with lived experience of homelessness (Peer Researchers) carried out 51 interviews with people experiencing homelessness in Greater Manchester.
The aim was: to identify the barriers to healthcare access at a local level for people experiencing homelessness, and develop action plans to eradicate them.
The findings are consistent with the #HealthNow research undertaken in Birmingham and Newcastle alongside our project highlighting issues such as accessing dentists, digital exclusion brought by healthcare access going online and long waiting lists for mental health support.
Meet Caroline Allison, Greater Manchester’s #HealthNow Coordinator
“I’m really proud to be part of this partnership project between Groundswell, Shelter and Crisis to reduce health inequalities for people experiencing homelessness.
I’m eager to learn from Groundswell’s experience of peer research and HHPA in London. I think the project is exciting, new, collaborative, timely and I can’t wait to get started.”
Caroline’s top priorities are:
- Making sure the project is co-produced from the get go
- Getting out across Greater Manchester to get to know the people and the services
- Ensuring the right people are around the table at the local #HealthNow alliance meetings
- Working as a #HealthNow team; sharing experiences and learning with #HealthNow in Birmingham, Newcastle and London
If you are based in Greater Manchester and have experience of homelessness, or work within the homelessness or health sectors, Caroline would love to hear from you to see how you can be involved in #HealthNow. Drop her an email: Caroline[email protected]