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Health and Homeless

850 people people in 35 hostels benefited from our Health and Homeless Programme in 2019/20

We deliver a dedicated health promotion programme for people who are homeless, working to support their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We are all at risk of chest, heart and stroke illnesses but for those who are homeless the risk is even greater, and often they don’t have access to a GP.

Our Health and Homeless service aims to raise awareness of healthy living and reduce cardiovascular and respiratory risk and illness. The service is provided in local hostels and drop–in centres, which means health and wellbeing services are more accessible to clients within these settings.

The service is currently available within the Belfast and South Eastern Trust and is funded by the NI Health and Social Care Board.

  • Well Space is delivered over a 1-year period within Belfast and South Eastern Trust. The following outlines the activities involved, and support provided enabling everyone within the hostel space to embed health and wellbeing practices in their day to day lives.

    1. Registration of Interest
      1. Registration of Interest Form signed off by management
      2. 1-1 online meeting to discuss programme and hostel background
    2. Survey
      1. Sent out to staff and clients to assess health needs
      2. Top 3 health priorities selcted to tailor health and wellbeing needs for the hostel
    3. Health Champion Training
      1. Both staff and clients are encourgaed to take on this role
      2. Action Plan developed by health champions with support from NICHS and with a focus on health priorities
      3. Completion of hostel health policy
      4. Mental Health First Aid Training
    4. Delivery of Action Plan
      1. Services delivered should be in line with health priorites and public health campaigns
      2. NICHS will support delivery of services and provision of resources
      3. Peer to Peer Support Session for Health Champions
    5. Completion of Programme
      1. Survey resent to staff and clients to assess changes in lifestyle behaviours and impact made
      2. Celebration event
      3. Opportunity to progress into another year of the programme to update skills through training and continue to provide services in line with new health priorites from the survey and public health campagins
  • For those not taking part in Well Space, NICHS also provides the following services:

    • Wellness Webinars
    • Online Lifestyle Health Check
    • Online Cooking Sessions

    To book any of these services please contact our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator via email healthpromotion@nichs.org.uk or call 028 9032 0184.

Bookings and Enquiries

To book our Health and Homeless Programme or to find our more, please  contact our Health & Homeless Service Co–ordinator on 028 9032 0184 or at healthpromotion@nichs.org.uk

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