New Resource Hub to open in 2020
Earlier this year, we were successful in securing funding, from Public Health England (PHE) and the Clothworkers Foundation, for the refurbishment of a purpose-built Resource Hub in open to homeless people in Bognor Regis and the surrounding areas. The Resource Hub, which is set to open in February 2020, will be located at our Bognor Regis Hostel and will provide a clear pathway for homeless people to directly access medical and therapeutic interventions.
The Resource Hub will assist in addressing the immediate housing need through housing clinics and will have a medical room for a homeless outreach GP, dentist, nurse, mental health clinicians, a counselling service and 1:2:1 rooms. We will also provide a range of treatments and therapeutic interventions through Stonepillow staff and our partner agencies.
Often health services are not set up to respond to the needs of homeless people. Although many homeless people are registered with healthcare services, many will not use them. This could be for a variety of reasons such as fear of stigma or previous bad experiences. A substantial number of homeless people use hospital A&E departments for treatment instead of accessing primary care.
As part of Stonepillow’s 5-year strategy, we look to address these issues and inequalities by creating this new facility within Bognor Regis. The Hub will enable people to access and engage in activity that will positively improve their health and well-being, plus improving their chances of securing accommodation, maintaining a tenancy and positively engaging with the community.
Different to our day hubs, the Resource Hub will be a multi-agency response to single homeless people that focuses predominantly on promoting health and well-being with a particular focus on alcohol treatment and therapeutic services, while also addressing housing, social support, employment, education and life skills. Similar to any other health centre, the majority of services delivered from this building will be by appointment only.
We will host a grand opening event in March - watch this space!
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Article: 1st December 2019