James Cross

Universal Credit – the health impacts for people who are experiencing homelessness

Groundswell, Kings College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have launched their new research ‘Universal Credit – the health impacts for people who are experiencing homelessness’. Key findings: The research found that the challenges of engaging with the Universal Credit system impacts on the health & wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness, specifically […]

Building a picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people experiencing homelessness.

COVID-19 is having a severe impact on people who are homeless. We need to understand and let the response be informed by lived experience. Over the last month Groundswell have been working to ensure the voices of people experiencing homelessness are monitored, listened to, and included in the COVID-19 response. Through our research project – […]

Leeds Response to COVID-19

There has been good progress on trying to meet immediate needs around accommodation, communication, food and volunteering in Leeds. Below is a roundup of key updates and information within the last four weeks. Accommodation St George’s Crypt has done a great job of looking after people who are homeless during this crisis. There has been no […]

Reading – Guide for community groups offering Coronavirus support services

Guide for community groups offering Coronavirus support services Thank you to all the community groups and charities in Reading, who are adapting their services and providing invaluable, additional support and services during this time. It really has been inspirational to see local social action. Your group may now be offering those who are self-isolating the […]

[Webinar] Sharing partnership responses to Covid-19

On Wednesday 1 April, we facilitated a ‘Sharing partnership approach and responses to COVID-19’ webinar.  As well as inviting all Street Support Network partners, we extended the invitation to all other locations we have spoken with over recent months because if there was ever a time for collaboration and sharing best practice, it’s now. We […]

Luton Homeless Partnership – responding to Coronavirus

BBC Three Counties Radio breakfast host Andy Collins interviewed Matthew Bushnell, Luton Homelessness Partnership Chair to learn more about the COVID-19 Task Force being set up for homeless people in Luton. Matthew did a great job in highlighting that people who are homeless fall in the high-risk category of potentially contracting the virus. He spoke of how […]

Launchpad Reading open ‘here for you’ telephone service

  Following the COVID-19 outbreak, we are aware that many members of our local community are in self-isolation and feeling lonely, need support with practical issues, and feel concerned about the future and loved ones. In response, we are launching a telephone service for anyone in need, whether they have housing or homelessness issues or […]

Alana House’s 10th Birthday Celebrations

An inspirational service to celebrate International Women’s Day and 10 years of Alana House women’s community project was held in Reading on Sunday 8th March. The unique service at Reading Minster saw performances by Reading Community Gospel Choir and soloist Nichole Grace and readings and prayers from some of the charity’s supporters and women supported […]