Linda Evans and Cath Marland: Community Care Hub
Department for Work and Pensions |
Our DWP work with Community Care Collaborative develops and delivers an innovative delivery model working with partners including , GP, District Nurse, Community Mental Health Team, Probation, Kaleidoscope, Local Authority Housing, Shelter, NACRO, AVOW, Substance Misuse Services, Harm Reduction Team and Targeted Outreach. The CCC is committed to working at community level focussing on prevention and early intervention and working with the most vulnerable groups in our society.
Wrexham has the second highest number of Rough Sleepers in Wales and had become the focus of much negative media attention. Most homeless people were living in crisis resulting in a high demand for primary and emergency care with people missing appointments with health services and DWP resulting in a loss of benefits. This had an impact on criminal and anti-social activity across the town centre and led to a considerable amount of unnecessary suffering.
In June 2017 Sargent Vic Powell, NWPA, facilitated a multi-agency approach bringing together a range of agencies that were already working with rough sleepers which led to the formation of the Crisis Café, a weekly drop in providing weekly access to support from partners including DWP. We were invited to support and enhance provision from day 1.