We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded funding for a new community outreach vehicle!
We have received a generous £10,000 grant through the Cornwall Community Foundation’s coronavirus emergency fund, which aims to increase access to local services.
Our new vehicle will be utilised by other local charities and community groups for a range of essential services including outreach schemes, drop-in centres, transport to and from appointments, and events.
The main partners in this project alongside us are the charity We Are With You, which is responsible for the Rough Sleepers Outreach Contract across Cornwall, and NHS Kernow.
Queen’s Nurse Helen Hampton from We Are With You provided support to Harbour for this bid and will be involved closely with the project.
She said, “As Lead Nurse for We Are With You and part of the hepatology team at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, it would be a real benefit as we could utilise [the vehicle] as a mobile BBV screening van for street homeless as well as people unable to reach services.
“We would be able to offer harm reduction advice including needle exchange as well as treatment for hepatitis C. This would be a great asset to the community.”
St Austell has long been leading the way on hepatitis C treatment, and Helen has worked with Harbour Housing and the NHS Kernow in the past to diagnose and cure those experiencing homelessness of the virus.
The community outreach vehicle will be used to expand this work and get more people tested and cured. It will also be used to connect individuals to other services that they need such as housing related support, groups working to combat social exclusion and community services.
Emily Hill from Harbour Housing explains the need for this vehicle: “Lives will be saved and the quality of life for excluded individuals will be improved by this project.
“It is important that all those who need support are able to engage with professionals in a positive environment where they are afforded dignity, privacy and respect.
“A community outreach vehicle will allow the agencies to reach people in their own communities who may not be able to access the service otherwise and will also connect people to the positive pursuits available in their own communities and help to prevent loneliness.
“Connecting people to services is important now more than ever with the lockdown having isolating effects on individuals and making it more difficult for face-to-face contact to take place.
“This outreach vehicle will be such a vital resource for the community and we are so thankful to Cornwall Community Foundation for providing us with the grant that made it possible, as well as our partner organisations for supporting us on this project.”