HHPA London

Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA) began in Westminster in 2010, it has since expanded to a wide range of London boroughs. In the nine years HHPA has been operating in London over 130 individuals have completed training to become volunteer Peer Advocates, delivering nearly 20,000 one-to-one appointments and over 5,000 group health promotion sessions.

COVID-19 update: In response to government advice to limit any travel that is not necessary we have taken the difficult decision to limit the services HHPA are offering.  We will have a skeleton team of paid Care Navigators working externally and will only be able to support urgent appointments.  This means that we will be triaging bookings and will be calling staff who put in bookings to check the safest way of offering support. Our Peer Advocates are offering a ‘call and check’ service to existing clients in lieu of face to face HHPA. 

If you want to book a Peer Advocate to attend a health appointment please call us at the Groundswell office to see if we can work with you on 020 7725 2851 or email hhpa@groundswell.org.uk and someone will get back to you. All referring organisations will then be given a HHPA referral booking form. We will try our best to help with last minute bookings but may not always have someone available.

Where HHPA London operates and how to refer:

Borough/project Can accept referrals from: Can accompany people experiencing homelessness to appointments around: Other services offered
Camden Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Hackney Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Tower Hamlets Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare.
Hammersmith and Fulham Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare, mental healthcare and drug and alcohol misuse. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Kensington and Chelsea Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Greenwich Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Westminster Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions
Islington Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare, mental healthcare and drug and alcohol misuse.
Lambeth  Homeless sector staff, healthcare staff, self-referral Physical healthcare (including dentists, opticians) and mental healthcare. Health promotion in-reach sessions