Funding to aid rough sleepers in Chichester

Sylvie Johnston, chief executive officer for Stonepillow, left, and Shelagh Le Grave, head of the Stonepillow trustees
Sylvie Johnston, chief executive officer for Stonepillow, left, and Shelagh Le Grave, head of the Stonepillow trustees

HOMELESS charity Stonepillow has received a £162,500 grant towards hospital aftercare for rough sleepers.

“The funding will provide immediate safety and support to homeless people prior to and after discharge from hospital,” said chief executive of Stonepillow Sylvie Johnston.

The money will go towards a new ‘health navigator’ scheme which will provide a link for homeless people to continue their aftercare in the safety of accommodation.

The cash will also provide additional training to NHS staff on effective methods to work with homeless people while in hospital.

The charity will also refurbish some of its accommodation to house homeless people with disabilities and physical needs.

“St Richard’s Hospital data estimated that 20 homeless people are recorded a year and therefore up to 20 people will benefit from this service,” said Ms Johnston.

“Patching people up and sending them back to the streets is not a solution.

“This issue has existed for too long and this new link provided by Stonepillow to the NHS and local authorities is going to help reduce this cycle of homelessness and save people’s lives.”

The grant is part of a £10m pot released by the minister of public health towards hospital aftercare for homeless people.