Homeless Health Link Service

SPEAR’s Homeless Health Link Service (HHLS) serves current or former rough sleepers in Richmond and Kingston. Originally funded by the Department for Communities and Local Governments’ Help for Single Homeless Fund it is currently funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The SPEAR Homeless Health Link team includes a Team Leader, two Health Link Workers (one for each Borough), two paid Peer Advocates, SPEAR volunteers and peer volunteers.

The aim of the HHLS service over the next two years is:

  • Increased registrations with primary and secondary healthcare
  • Reduction in emergency and hospital admissions
  • Reduction in alcohol/drug use
  • Improved physical and mental health for homeless people
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of health issues faced by homeless people
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of issues homeless people face among health and social care professionals
  • To support significantly more homeless people with severe, complex and unmet health needs. Encouraging them to engage with screening, prevention and treatment services

Without good health, people experiencing homelessness face little prospect of moving on, perpetuating the cycle of homelessness.

The HHLS can help to:

  • Connect rough sleepers with primary and secondary care by registering them with GPs, dentists and podiatrists and referring people into specialist care
  • Advocate for people experiencing homelessness in health care settings to ensure they get the correct diagnosis, understand their treatment and ensure that care for multiple conditions is joined up
  • Help health and social care providers to better understand the needs of people experiencing homelessness, improving how they plan and deliver services to them
  • Refer and support service users to engage with mental health and substance misuse services, primary and secondary care health services, health events (such as TB screenings, Hep C, health checks, HIV tests and flu jabs)
  • Provide person-centred and trauma care approaches
  • Refer service users to holistic therapies, gyms and group activities
  • Peer workers and volunteers support to engage and befriend
  • Break isolation cycles, create community links for most vulnerable rough sleepers, and to get people actively involved in local community groups and health networks
  • Work with community day centre, criminal justice services, DV and other agencies towards clients’ wellbeing stability
  • Create community links for service users, get people actively involved in local community groups
  • Refer and support service users to engage with community peer networks

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Past events

Focus Group – feedback on NHS services

Anger Management Group

Learning about Nutrition

For more information or if you would like to refer someone to this service please call on; 0208 288 6506  mobile; 07876 899 330 email: HHLS@SpearLondon.org

Alternately fill in this form; Health Link Referral Form and email it back to us.