The Robertson Street
project near Clapham houses 42 former rough sleepers over the age of 40, and
aims to help them over a two-year period by tackling substance misuse issues,
and improving their physical and mental health. The aim is to encourage them to
prepare for independent living.
In addition to substance misuse issues, clients at Robertson
Street generally have serious physical and/or mental health problems.
The hostel works closely with partner agencies, including the Intermediate Care Project. Headed up by the Three Boroughs
Nursing Team, it provides health care input supporting
the varied and sometimes complex health needs of residents.
A significant number of residents have cognitive problems,
and some have dementia, often related to alcohol misuse. A high level of support
and ongoing reassurance for these clients is crucial.
Street's Stop to Change programme supports residents to reduce
their alcohol consumption, including a focus on switching from super-strength alcohol
to drinks with an alcohol content of less than 6.5%. Staff provide a range of
additional support to clients, including one-to-one support, help to engage
with healthcare including GPs, advocacy, preparation for resettlement and activities
to support clients to use their time constructively.
works closely with Foundation 66 and this has resulted in extra support being
available for clients to address their alcohol issues.
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