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Research reports and toolkits

Thames Reach has teamed up with other agencies and independent bodies to produce research reports on issues surrounding homeless and vulnerable people.

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  • Research into the Lives of Romanian migrant workers living in encampments in London (2017): Funded by Commonweal, and written by independent researcher Becky Rice and Thames Reach outreach worker Benjamin Sebok, this report looks into the situation of people living in rough sleeping encampments in outer north and east London. It is available as a full report and also in the form of a briefer executive summary.
  • Ambition and Aspiration: Breakthrough Project Evaluation (2016): Commissioned by Thames Reach and written by independent consultant Sarah James, this report evaluates the success of Thames Reach's Breakthrough Project, which ran between September 2012 and October 2015 and was funded by the Oak Foundation.
  • Minding the margins: An innovation to integrate psychology in a homeless hostel environment (2015):
    An award winning article, appearing in the Clinical Psychology Forum, on the implementation of Psychologically Informed Environments in Thames Reach hostels in the London Borough of Lambeth.
  • Empowering homeless people through digital technology (2013): A review by Lemos & Crane in conjunction with Lankelly Chase and Thames Reach, covering digital technology and homelessness and issues of access, provision, training and education.

  • Mental Health Service Interventions for Rough Sleepers (2013): A toolkit for people working with rough sleepers who are suffering with mental health issues. The toolkit is aimed at helping workers assess mentally ill people sleeping rough and the risks associated with rough sleeping. It has been developed by Lambeth Council in partnership with Thames Reach, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater London Authority.

  • Multiple Exclusion Homelessness in the UK (2012): A briefing paper examining the characteristics and experiences of people affected by ‘multiple exclusion homelessness’ (MEH) – a form of ‘deep’ social exclusion involving not just homelessness but also substance misuse, institutional care (e.g. prison) and/or involvement in ‘street culture’ activities (e.g. begging and street drinking).
  • Tackling Homelessness and Exclusion (2011): Research exploring the overlap between homelessness, mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependency, street activities like begging, sex work or shoplifting, and experience of institutions such as prisons.
  • White Cider and Street Drinkers (2011): A report on super-strength white ciders and the impact these drinks are having on the health of homeless people across England. The report was commissioned by Alcohol Concern, and written and researched by Tony Goodall and backed by St Mungo’s and Thames Reach.
  • Turning the Key (2010): The literacy toolkit and accompanying report have been written for key workers in the homelessness sector to highlight some of the practical and emotional barriers faced by people who have low level literacy skills.

  • The Meaning of Money (2010): A report following research conducted by Lemos & Crane in collaboration with Thames Reach and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that explores the attitudes towards money of homeless and vulnerable people and their behaviour in handling money.

  • Steadying the Ladder/SupportActionNet (2006):
    This book and website by Lemos & Crane set out concepts and practical approaches for achieving the social and emotional aspirations of homeless and vulnerable people.

  • Far More Than a Bed (2005):
    A thorough review of the changes in the capital’s hostels since 1990 and the issues facing them in the future, commissioned by The Pan London Providers Group and undertaken by the University of Sheffield.

  • Dreams Deferred (2002):
    A comprehensive study into the social networks of homeless people by Lemos & Crane, in conjunction with Alone in London, St Basil’s and Thames Reach.

  • Single Homeless People in London (2001):
    An exploration of the profile of homeless people in different settings, commissioned by Thames Reach and St Mungo’s and undertaken by the University of Sheffield.