Urban Outreach gets £30,000 to help Bolton's homeless
HELP will soon be at hand for Bolton’s homeless after a group was awarded more than £30,000 of government funding.
Urban Outreach, the charity based in Salop Street, Bolton town centre, has been given the cash to help arrange effective discharge arrangements for homeless people when they leave A&E.
This windfall of £31,296 will see Urban Outreach extend its Street Life project and work with Bolton Council and the Royal Bolton Hospital to prevent homeless people being released on to the streets when they leave. Dave Bagley, chief executive of Urban Outreach, said: “We’re excited to be working with the Royal Bolton Hospital and Bolton Council to try and join up the dots.
“Working together will mean better outcomes for this vulnerable group, and will also lead to cost savings as we reduce the number of homeless people who are readmitted to hospital because they lack suitable accommodation and support when they are released.”
Urban Outreach hopes to use the money to train hospital staff in how to deal with homeless people.
It also wants to pay for emergency care beds for discharged patients.
The charity is one of 52 across the UK to benefit from the £10 million of government investment.
Urban Outreach has been working with homeless people for more than 20 years, and its Street Life project finds accommodation for more than 200 people each year.
The charity has a number of other projects including a food bank, rehabilitates ex-offenders and supporting families where children have gone missing from home.
It is hoped the investment will drastically reduce the number of homeless people admitted to hospital.
Public health minister Anna Soubry said: “In today’s society, it is not acceptable that people are leaving hospital with no plans in place to address their ongoing care needs.”
Other Greater Manchester groups to benefit are The Wellspring, in Stockport, The Brick Homeless Project in Wigan, Helping the Homeless, in Stockport and New Charter Homes in Tameside.
It is estimated that homeless people attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home.
Currently 70 per cent of homeless people are discharged without their housing or care needs after hospital being properly addressed.
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