Homeless people can often have a range of issues affecting their lives. It can be hard to know where to start. A single community resource, offering wide-reaching expert advice and support under one roof, can be of enormous benefit.
At The Greenhouse day centre in Hackney, experts from Thames Reach, Hackney council, and the NHS work alongside one another, providing free healthcare, housing and welfare support for homeless people in the borough. Known as the Single Homeless Hub, the service is the first multi-purpose resource and advice centre for homeless people in London.
Services provided at The Greenhouse include: full health assessments; GP registration; housing advice; welfare and benefits support; help with access to employment, training, and volunteering; legal advice for people registered at the medical practice; and links to other support services.
Anyone seeking advice can drop in to The Greenhouse for an appointment. Advice sessions are booked on a first come first served basis, so it is advisable to arrive early.
Opening hours are 9am-5pm, Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. There are no appointments available on Wednesdays.