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Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.
Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.
Children living in temporary accommodation often lack access to appropriate pre-school facilities because of their mobility. In addition, they have frequently experienced trauma immediately prior to becoming homeless, such as war in their country of origin, domestic violence, etc. Furthermore, some forms of temporary accommodation may lack space or be unsuitable for children to play in. Clients living in temporary accommodation are often isolated and disoriented, requiring a high level of advice and support. There is also some evidence to suggest that the health of refugees and asylum seekers deteriorates in the first two to three years after entry to the U.K. (Refugee Health in London Report 2001).
The project has five members of staff – two Project Coordinators, a Health Visitor, and an Early Years Practitioner, plus three other EYP’s. The service is also enriched by the contribution of volunteers who span the age range and are from a variety of backgrounds. Project sessions are held five times a week, with no charge, in areas where there are the greatest concentrations of homeless households. Clients in temporary accommodation have open access to the sessions, which comprise play facilities for pre-school children, health promotion, support, advocacy and advice for parents. There is close collaboration with other services who provide a significant input.
ESOL classes are held twice weekly with an ESOL qualified teacher, in which clients are able to learn English, in the same room as their young children. This helps to raise client’s self-esteem and enhances their ability to access mainstream services. For more information, please see our website or contact Sue Pritchard or Lorinda Knott, Project Co-ordinators, on 01992 765900 or [email protected] .