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The Lodge

The Lodge

Our most recent exciting and ambitious new project

The Lodge, a single storey free-standing building, is under construction alongside Stonepillow’s night refuge, St Joseph’s, in Chichester. With completion due in February 2015, it will provide accommodation for homeless people over the age of 18 who are discharged from St Richard’s Hospital. The project is being funded by Chichester District Council, Homes and Community Agency, Hospital Discharge Fund and Stonepillow.

It's a well known fact that, nationally, people are being discharged from hospital with nowhere to live and no support available. West Sussex Hospital NHS Trust reported 41 patients as homeless over a 10 month period during 2012/13 and discharge coordinators have recorded 3 individuals who were delayed from being discharged from hospital due to having nowhere to go. To help to address this growing problem Stonepillow have appointed a health coordinator assigned to St Richard’s Hospital, who will be working closely with medical personnel in identifying, from the outset, the needs of those admitted who are homeless.

Under the new project, individuals will be cared for in Stonepillow’s existing accommodation and the new Lodge accommodation, with all Stonepillow’s existing services and its trained and highly qualified staff available to provide support. There will be five units of accommodation for independent living and facilities will include an individual kitchen and dining area, a shower, bathroom and a communal area. The service will be fully managed by Stonepillow’s existing Client Services staff and supported by a network of volunteer cooks. At the appropriate time supported accommodation will be offered.
While the building work is being carried out, St Joseph’s will continue to provide its existing range of services and it will also continue to be open to receive donations of food and clothing.

If you can, it's worth giving us a call before you arrive on 01243 537934.