The Big RED Chair Project
Are you street homeless, sofa-surfing or living in temporary housing in Gosport?
- Are you worried about your health and wellbeing?
- Do you have a heath issue that’s been worrying you and which needs checking out?
- Do you have a wound or injury that needs sorting?
The Big RED Chair Project is here to help you access friendly, free and non-judgemental healthcare. You don’t need to be registered with a GP in Gosport, but it doesn’t matter if you are registered here or elsewhere
Operating every Tuesday afternoon from 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the Two Saints office, 51 Forton Road, Gosport, PO12 4TD, no need to book, just turn up and drop-in!
The Dent Aid bus will be at the project on Tuesday 5th July providing free dentistry.
The Big RED Chair Project can also offer:
- Hot & cold drinks
- Light refreshments
- A hot shower and washing facilities
- Helpful advice and support
- Food parcels
- Links for veterans to other services who can help
- Kit bags for rough sleepers
- Phone charging
- A listening ear
Please see the flyer below for further details:
Gosport Borough Council Housing Advice
A drop in service is available at Gosport Town Hall from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday. The Housing Advice Team are also contactable via email HousingAdviceTeamemail@example.com or telephone 02392 545476. If an individual needs to contact Housing Advice out of hours they can do so by calling 0800 028 0835. Each person will have differing circumstances and they will be given tailored advice and support specific to their case.
If an individual is in priority need they can be placed in emergency accommodation. If an individual is not in priority need there are various funds available to help relieve homelessness including the Rough Sleeper Grant which enables singles/couples who are homeless to secure a room to rent in the private sector.
Two Saints manage the Fareham and Gosport 20 room direct access hostel with shared facilities and full-board catered service. The hostel in based on Gosport Road, PO16 OPZ. Support is available on site 24 hours a day. All clients are allocated a support worker for the duration of any stay. Self-referrals are accepted as well as referrals from an agency. The referral telephone number is 01329 281995.
A community support drop in session is available within the Borough and staff are able to offer free advice and support to individuals. Drop in session details below:
Monday – Two Saints, 51 Forton Road from 10:00 – 13:00
Thursday – Fareham Borough Council from 13:00 – 16:00
Saturday – Telephone service and advice from 11:00 – 14:30. Call 02392 511062 or 01329 825136 (staff will complete call back if required)
Inclusion Recovery provides support and treatment to anyone impacted by their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use. The service is open for anyone aged 25 and over*. Self-referrals can be made as well as referrals from other agencies.
Client access at the Gosport hub located at 5-6 The Precinct, South Street.
*People aged 25 and under can self-refer to Catch 22 (who are working in partnership with Inclusion Recovery) by calling 0845 459 9405
Service to help street homeless at QA Hospital
Working collaboratively with QA Hospital, Two Saints and Portsmouth City Council acting as the lead local authority, have successfully secured £25k from the Government’s Cold Weather Fund to support rough sleepers who attend the Emergency Department or who are admitted as in-patients without a home to go to after their treatment is over.
The purpose of the service is to:
1. Prevent discharge to No Fixed Abode
2. Support people experiencing homelessness who self-discharge to the street with personalised housing and social care support plans
3. Increase confidence of hospital staff to work with issues around homelessness
4. Inform future service delivery and collaboration between local authority, health and housing partners