National Lottery Press Release March 2019
“Homelessness charity SPEAR has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to help people experiencing homelessness to improve their health. The grant will fund the charity’s Homeless Health Link Service in Richmond and Kingston for another three years. The service will help around 150 homeless people by registering them with services and advocating for them at appointments. It will also work alongside GP practices, hospitals and wider social services to help homeless people get the best possible care. A team of peer volunteers will also support people to take part in their community and improve their wellbeing.
The service was introduced after the charity saw rising numbers of homeless people who were not getting adequate support for their health issues. Since then, it has helped over 400 people to better manage their mental and physical health. The charity has also seen a reduction in the number of homeless people using emergency health services, like A+E and ambulances.
The charity’s Chief Executive, Stuart Nevill, said:
‘We are extremely grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for their support and confidence in this project. Improved health often has a positive impact on other areas of a person’s life. Thanks to this grant, many local homeless people will be able to enjoy better health, improved wellbeing and can build a positive future away from the streets.’”