Sometimes people who have spent a long time sleeping rough can present as quite challenging but this is more often a coping mechanism developed to protect themselves against the harsh realities of life on the street.
The Waterloo Project is an 18 bed hostel in Lambeth which provides accommodation and support to former rough sleepers with complex support needs.
A key component of the project is an innovative psychology scheme. Psychology in Hostels, run in partnership between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and Thames Reach, sees psychologists based full-time at the site.
Psychology in Hostels helps residents to address issues exacerbated by their time living on the street, such as substance misuse and mental health problems.
Camberwell New Road
Camberwell New Road provides supported housing for homeless and vulnerable women in Lambeth who have a history of unsettled accommodation and complex support needs.
The project offers accommodation for five women in a shared house. Staff work with the residents to help them engage with services and maintain positive lifestyle changes especially in relation to substance issues, such as drug and alcohol misuse.
Residents are encouraged to work towards finding independent accommodation once they are ready to move on from Camberwell New Road. People can stay at the project for up to twelve months.
Referrals for Camberwell New Road are made via Lambeth’s Vulnerable Adults pathway.
It provides a better understanding of the complicated issues that often arise for people when they have slept rough for long periods. It helps the hostel residents to see the link between how they are feeling, how they behave, and then begins the process of moving forward.
Each resident gets a key worker, who helps them to engage with support services for substance misuse and poor physical and mental health, and to sign up with a local GP.
Help Thames Reach provide wide-ranging support to hostel residents