Street Support working together with Homeless Friendly

Homeless Friendly are working in partnership with Street Support. provide information for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and also information for professionals, providing an up to date list of all local services. People can look at lists of what they need near any postcode under the ‘Find Help‘ section, including drop ins, meals, health, advice and more. We are also signposting to what members of the public can do to ‘Give Help‘ which will include for the new winter provision.

This medical centre has become one of the first in the UK to commit to treating homeless patients

A GP practice in Heywood has become one of the first in the country to pledge to provide care for the homeless.

The Hopwood Medical Centre on Walton Street has agreed to become Homeless-Friendly, which means that all patients receive quality treatment regardless of whether or not they have a permanent address.

It comes after rough sleepers in some parts of the country reported they were being refused medical attention because they couldn’t prove residency.

Launched last year by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and created by national health campaigner Dr Zahid Chauhan, the programme encourages surgeries to treat those sleeping on the streets with compassion and also help them access housing, training and addiction services.

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Market place event open to the homeless-friendly

Charities and housing and health organisations were among the guests welcomed to a market place showcase in #Bury.
Organised by Bury #Homeless Partnership, the event was also attended by people with experience of homelessness and was designed to advertise public services available to everyone from rough sleepers to those housed in B&Bs.
As a pivotal partner in a new Bury homelessness scheme to offer first-class healthcare we were there, and particularly pleased to meet up with:
The Bury Probation Service
Adullam Homes (a specialist provider of quality housing and support services)
Yale Housing (not for profit housing association)
Charity Bury Red Door (Caritas)
Rachel House (offering housing support to assist and sustain independent living)
Re>Build (charity helping to provide affordable furniture and skills to people living in disadvantaged situations)
Healthwatch Bury (consumer guide to health and social care)
Homeless-Friendly encourages organisations to publicly pledge to offer the very best services to those without a permanent address.

Bury becomes first borough in Britain to guarantee homeless people urgent medical attention

BURY has become the first borough in Britain to guarantee homeless people will receive urgent medical attention.

GP services across the town have signed up to an initiative, launched by Homeless Friendly and Bury Council, which will see rough sleepers, sofa-surfers and others around the town given a card advertising a phone number for BARDOC, which they can call 24 hours a day.

Homeless people often struggle to see a doctor because they have no permanent address and find it difficult to register at a practice.

Dr Zahid Chauhan, founder of Homeless Friendly, added: “It is a great initiative. Bury Council has set a model for the rest of the authorities across the country.

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Gail Sutcliffe joins the team

Gail Sutcliffe is a qualified registered Social Worker who lives within Greater Manchester, having over 35 years’ experience of working in Local Authority settings at Tameside and Bury Council. Working initially in Residential Care, as a hospital and field social worker then becoming a manager of front line services. Gail also has experience of being a Registered Manager for services registered by the Care Quality Commission(CQC)

Gail specialises in working with vulnerable adults and for the last 8 years has worked with homeless people. Initially managing a hostel for homeless families and individuals then managing a dispersed model of temporary accommodation for homeless people and latterly managing housing advice and assessment services as well as a dispersed portfolio of properties. Gail has experience of working closely with the 10 authorities which make up Greater Manchester and has been actively involved in projects relating to street homeless people.

Gail has a wealth of experience of supporting our most vulnerable people within our communities and feels that its paramount that homeless people are aware of their rights and are supported to maximise opportunities. Homeless friendly helps to ensure that professionals have the tools and knowledge to support homeless people.