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Austerity and Access: Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homeless
Austerity and Access: Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homelessDecember 11, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe London Housing Foundation is supporting the London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness and the award winning Groundswell to present a unique conference on Friday 17th April, 2015. Last year’s conference was a huge success. Over 120 professionals from across the sector listened to presentations from senior figures in the NHS and homelessness organisations and took part in discussions challenging current practice and promoting innovation. Organiser Samantha Dorney-Smith said: “The theme this year is austerity and access. In a time of increasing financial challenge, how do we ensure that homeless people are not missed? With changes in the rights of migrants, and new ideas on charging for prescriptions, will our clieRead More
Andy Ludlow Awards Ceremony 2014
Andy Ludlow Awards Ceremony 2014October 13, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe winners of the 2014 Andy Ludlow Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at the House of Commons later this week. The three projects now in contention for the prize fund of £55,000 are: Groundswell UK’s ‘Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service’ Praxis Community Project’s ‘Temporary Homes’ Thames Reach’s ‘Peer Landlord London’ More details about each of the projects can be found on the Andy Ludlow Awards websitewww.andyludlowaward.org.uk. Simon Dow is Chair of the London Housing Foundation. He said “We were very pleased with the increased number of applications we received this year and the quality of entries was incredibly high. There is a huge amount of good work being done in the homelessness secRead More
Tower Hamlets’ “Routes to Roots” project shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Tower Hamlets’ “Routes to Roots” project shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardSeptember 4, 2014 12:00 pmNews'Routes to Roots’, an innovative project that was pioneered and commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council Housing Options Service, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award. Routes to Roots was launched in 2012 to secure housing for hospital patients who were street homeless and not linked to the borough before their illness. It addressed one of the key challenges facing many of the capital’s hospitals – the struggle for Hospital Discharge Teams trying to source a rehousing option for their homeless out-of-borough patients. Routes to Roots works with patients approaching the end of their hospital stay and supports the patient to return to their home borough on discharge. It also assists patients from aRead More
Praxis Temporary Homes for Migrants Project Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Praxis Temporary Homes for Migrants Project Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 19, 2014 12:00 pmNewsA radical and enterprising scheme working with vulnerable migrants with no recourse to public funds has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. Temporary Homes is a housing programme supporting vulnerable homeless migrant individuals and families with immigration support needs and/or No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) from outside the European Union. Jean Demars, Project Lead, said: “Insecure immigration status is often seen as a barrier to accessing services, including housing. We see it as another support need that needs to be addressed. Our specialist immigration team carry out intensive case work whilst we provide accommodation in self-catering properties or through our volunteer hosts who open their homes to Read More
Groundswell Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Groundswell Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 11, 2014 12:00 pmNewsAn innovative scheme run by Groundswell has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. Attending appointments with doctors, hospitals and others is crucial for people experiencing homelessness. Groundswell’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Serviceoffers one-to-one support for homeless people to attend health appointments; overcoming the barriers that prevent them addressing their health needs. Delivered by volunteers who all have personal experience of homelessness, this work increases adherence to treatment, and reduces use of A&E, missed appointment and unplanned admissions; which all results in improved health. Bronwen James is the Development Manager as Groundswell UK. She said: “This project really works. Our vRead More
Thames Reach’s Peer Landlord Scheme Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Thames Reach’s Peer Landlord Scheme Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 5, 2014 12:00 pmNewsAn innovative scheme that trains ex homeless people to support homeless people living in the private rented sector for the first time has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. Director of Operations at Thames Reach Bill Tidnam explains: “It can be hard for homeless people to get into the private rented sector. As well as the need for a deposit there are a huge range of new skills they need to learn. We help with the deposit but crucially provide a peer landlord - a co-tenant with a shared background who has gained a level of independence and experience and who is able to act as a positive role model. Peer Landlords are trained in key areas such as basic housing management and maintenance awareness, as well as finanRead More
London Youth Gateway Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
London Youth Gateway Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardJuly 24, 2014 12:00 pmNewsA partnership project aimed at helping young people at risk of being on the streets has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. This shortlisting is for the innovative partnership ‘The London Youth Gateway’ between New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing, tackling youth homeless across the capital together. Marike van Harskamp is the London Youth Gateway Co-ordinator. She said: “As a partnership, the London Youth Gateway brings together expertise to help young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, covering each of the many London boroughs. We offer a one stop shop service, combining our resources of a day centre, specialist advice services, emergency accommodatiRead More
Andy Ludlow Awards Shortlist Announced
Andy Ludlow Awards Shortlist AnnouncedJuly 16, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe shortlisted projects for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards 2014 have been announced. The six projects now in contention for the prize fund of £55,000 are (in alphabetical order): Groundswell UK’s ‘Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service’ Hestia Housing & Support’s ‘Children & Family Service’ London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ ‘Routes to roots’ New Horizon Youth Centre’s ‘London Youth Gateway’ Praxis Community Project’s ‘Temporary Homes’ Thames Reach’s ‘Peer Landlord London’ More details about each of the projects can be found below, and on the Andy Ludlow Awards website www.andyludlowaward.org.uk. Simon Dow is Chair of the London Housing Foundation. He said “We were very pleased with tRead More