Many older rough sleepers experience additional physical and mental health problems as a result of spending many years in the harsh environment of the street.
Thames Reach’s Robertson Street hostel in the London Borough of Lambeth provides accommodation and specialist support to former rough sleepers over the age of 40. The project houses 42 former rough sleepers helping them to live independently. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and self-catering facilities.
Living on the street for a prolonged length of time can have a debilitating effect on both physical and mental health, which can be exacerbated by alcohol addiction. Service users are supported to lead healthy lifestyles by reducing the amount of alcohol consumed, eating healthily and regularly seeing a GP.
Visiting services, such as healthcare providers, can take advantage of the designated spaces available to them.
Robertson Street has recently been transformed thanks to a £1.1m makeover funded by the Greater London Authority and Department of Health, as part of their Homelessness Change Programme.
Help Thames Reach provide wide-ranging support to hostel residents