The Government’s provides up to 6,000 people with specialist support. It sets out a three step approach to address issues that lead to rough sleeping, help those currently on the street and provide a home for them to build a future.
Homeless Friendly met with Urban Village to find out about all the positive work that they do to support people who are homeless with Manchester City Centre.
Homeless Friendly will send information on all GP’s who have pledges to be Homeless Friendly
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Homeless Friendly met with NHS to raise the profile and to ensure that NHS England are fully briefed on what Homeless Friendly is all about.
Homeless Friendly are working in partnership with Street Support.
streetsupport.net 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.
Homeless Friendly was invited along with other community organisations to share with partner agencies their journeys.
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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.
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.
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.