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Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA)
Crisis operate a HHPA service for #HealthNow Newcastle.
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, email: [email protected]
#HealthNow peer research report: Understanding homeless health inequality in Newcastle
In Newcastle, between November and December 2020, eight Peer Researchers set up a socially distanced hub to conduct 49 semi-structured telephone interviews with people recently or currently experiencing homelessness.
The hub provided a supported environment that allowed researchers to support each other and debrief. They aimed to identify barriers to people experiencing homelessness, accessing care and treatment at a local level and develop action plans to eradicate those barriers.
This peer-led research provides empirical evidence illustrating the issues people who were recently or currently experiencing homelessness face when accessing healthcare services and maintaining their own health and wellbeing.
Meet Chris Reed, Newcastle’s #HealthNow Coordinator
“I’m looking forward to working with Groundswell, Shelter, Crisis and collaborating widely with other stakeholders to reduce health inequality and increase positive health outcomes for people who are homeless in Newcastle and across the partnership regions.
I’m keen to start the research, benefiting from Groundswells experience of peer lead research methods and training, as well as setting up the Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service in Newcastle.
I’m excited to be doing something that has real impact on the lives of people experiencing homelessness, and working with people with lived experience to help deliver our aims.”
Chris’ top priorities are:
- Working as a team with partners to design services informed by people with lived experience of homelessness
- Working and collaborating through co-production on the project overall
- Meeting and making contacts throughout Newcastle to contribute towards our local #HealthNow alliance
- Designing and delivering Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA)
- Learning new things together and supporting each other across Newcastle, Greater Manchester and Birmingham
If you are based in Newcastle and have experience of homelessness, or work within the homelessness or health sectors, Chris would love to hear from you to see how you can be involved in #HealthNow. Drop him an email: [email protected]