Rough sleepers across Cornwall will receive outreach support thanks to Addaction and Cornwall Housing.
Addaction Cornwall, who currently provide drug and alcohol support in the area, has been awarded the Rough Sleepers Outreach Contract by Cornwall Housing.
As part of the project, Addaction outreach workers will be employed to engage and support some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable people currently living on the street. The project will run in partnership with the charity Homeless Link’s StreetLink service.
If a member of the public is concerned about someone sleeping rough they can send an alert to StreetLink through the mobile app, www.streetlink.org.uk, or by calling 0300 500 0914. The referral will be sent to Addaction Cornwall and an outreach worker will go to the location where the rough sleeper was seen at to engage and support them.
Outreach workers will develop personalised care plans for rough sleepers, supporting them into housing and treatment services. They will also carry the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to extend harm reduction efforts.
Lynda Edward is the Multiple Complex Needs Manager at Addaction Cornwall and will be managing the service. Lynda said:
“We know that many people who are forced to sleep on the streets have multiple complex needs such as drug and alcohol and mental health issues. Often these people can struggle to engage with services so, rather than waiting for them to come to us, this project is about proactively engaging and supporting this group.
“Outreach workers will provide a package of care focused on helping people get the personalised support they need. This could be accompanying them to a housing appointment, helping them access drug treatment or helping them with financial issues. All support will be centred around the needs of the individual.
“No one should have to sleep rough in Cornwall or anywhere else. We believe this dedicated service can help many people start to rebuild their lives.”
Nick Cross, Cornwall Housing Managing Director, adds:
“We recognise the passion the Addaction team have to help people make changes and improve their lives. We look forward to bringing together the newly commissioned street outreach response team with our wider services to prevent and relieve homelessness in Cornwall.
“Over the last few years Cornwall Housing has worked to reduce the number of rough sleepers across the county. I have no doubt that with Addaction’s support we will be able to support the most vulnerable, so no one needs to sleep rough in Cornwall.”
Notes to editors
Addaction is a leading UK drug, alcohol and mental health charity. We support adults, children, young adults and older people to make positive behavioural changes. Each year we work with 140,000 in 81 locations across Scotland and England. For more information about Addaction please visit www.addaction.org.uk
About Cornwall Housing Limited
Cornwall Housing, part of the Corserv Group, provides high quality homes and housing services to communities across Cornwall. It manages and maintains more than 10,500 homes, provides housing advice and manages garages, shops and land in neighbourhoods with council housing. It also manages Cornwall’s Homechoice housing register, works to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping and provides sites and facilities for the Gypsy and Traveller community across Cornwall.