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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 Ped Durling, Greater Manchester’s #HealthNow Coordinator
“It’s a real privilege to be part of the #HealthNow network. Too often the link between homelessness and health is forgotten. #HealthNow is a tried and tested way to ensure those in need of healthcare get the support they deserve and that their voices drive the project forward.
The model works and I am keen to work in partnership with those with lived experience to create an effective Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service, produce much needed research and form a strong #HealthNow Alliance across GM. I look forward to supporting the projects ambition to create genuinely inclusive health services across Greater Manchester.”