Set up Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service in your area

Building a network of Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA) services

Groundswell is committed to helping more people benefit from Homeless Health Peer Advocacy around the country. This is a simple solution to helping people experiencing homelessness access the health care and treatment they need. A team of volunteers with experience of homelessness are trained as advocates and support people to make, attend and have their voice heard at health appointments. Find out more about the service

We know this approach works. Read the evaluation of the service which concludes it saves lives (and money).

Saving Lives, Saving Money report

We are looking for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, homeless health specialist services and voluntary and community sector partners who would be interested in setting up a service in their area. 

If you are interested in having a HHPA service in your London borough contact Kate Bowgett, Director of Advocacy: kate.bowgett@groundswell.org.uk 

If you are interested in having a HHPA service in a town or city outside of London contact Rachel Brennan, #HealthNow Network Coordinator: rachel.brennan@groundswell.org.uk

Groundswell offers support including:

  • Initial visit to discuss the service with local stakeholders
  • Considering the health needs and experiences of homeless people in your area (including through peer research)
  • Learning from our experience of running the service
  • Development of services specifications, budgets, key performance indicators and targets
  • Seeking funding
  • Training project staff
  • Recruitment, training and support of your first cohort of Peer Advocates
  • Use of our Homeless Health Peer Advocacy database to manage referrals
  • Ad hoc support with case work issues
  • Policy, processes and templates
  • Membership of our HHPA network to support and learn from each other
Two members of Groundswell's team smiling and talking