St Mungo’s is a homelessness charity and a housing association which provides a bed and support to people who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, through various projects including:
Easl has been commissioned by St Mungo's to provide Mental Health input to a number of their London based projects:
1) No Second Night Out (NSNO) provides intensive input when someone is first found on the street, to assess their needs and help them reconnect to the area where they have most entitlements. It is a London-wide project funded by the GLA.
Since June 2012 Easl has provide an assessment, consultation, advice and support service for NSNO’s South and West hubs, and since September 2015 has extended this service to cover the North hub as well. These address issues such as:
NSNO also has a “Reconnection Staging Post” where clients whose needs are more complex may move on to from the assessment hubs. Easl also provides input here and also did so, from January 2013 onwards, at the project which preceded this “No one Living on the Streets”.
2) Tenancy Sustainment Team, which supports people who have recently moved into their own accommodation – or conversely those at risk of losing their existing home. This service is aimed at avoiding repeat homelessness as some people can find managing a household to be quite overwhelming if they’re not properly supported. Easl provides advice and support to this team in relation to mental health issues, and providing professional supervisory support to their Occupational Therapist.
3) Routes Home supports non-UK nationals who sleep rough in London, in particular working with those who are vulnerable, and not eligible to access services in the UK to assist in getting them off the streets. The complicated situations of people who are not UK Nationals are further complicated by mental health issues, so since April 2017 EASL has provided specialist mental health advice and assessment to support this service.
4) Westminster OT Project. A need was identified, through the work EASL provided to Westminster Council, for an Occupational Therapist to support residents in Westminster's hostels for people with complex needs, and EASL's OT both supported the development of this new post, hosted by St Mungo's, and provides ongoing professional supervision for the post holder.
5) Harrow Rd Hostel. At the end of the pilot project with Westminster Council, St Mungo's directly commissioned EASL to continue providing mental health input to Harrow Rd hostel.
EASL has also provided ad hoc support to other St Mungo's Projects, on a spot purchase basis where required.
Easl has developed formalized and close working relationships with local statutory mental health services to enable joint work when necessary.