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SALFORD HOMELESS PEOPLE AND EX-OFFENDERS TO GET VITAL HEALTH PROVISION
 

Star date: 26th October 2018

ECCLES AND IRLAM HOMELESS AND EX-OFFENDERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW HEALTH PROJECT

Homeless people and ex-offenders in Eccles and Irlam are set to benefit from a new health project being run by the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre which will see the provision of preventative support in everything from dental care to mental health issues.

Homeless people are twice as likely to die of infections and five times more likely to attend A&E. This huge project aims to help alleviate this and other health issues.

Full details here...


Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre
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Everyone talks about the growing inequality between those at the arse end of society and the rest. Despite GM Mayor, Andy Burnham's pledge to 'eradicate the need to sleep rough', you can't help but almost trip over more and more people sleeping in doorways and under bridges in Salford and Manchester.

Rough living takes its toll on health. While life expectancy for Salford men is 68.6 years and women 75.3 years, for the homeless this drops to a staggering 47 years for men and 43 years for women. The homeless are nine times more likely to kill themselves, and twice as likely to die of infections. They are also five times more likely to attend A&E and the costs can be up to eight times higher than average due to the complexity of need.

Social inequalities are mirrored with health inequalities, and a new huge £115,000 project, horribly titled Salford Partnership Inclusive Health Programme (Vulnerable Adults), hopes to go some way to bring some health equity into the equation.

Financed by Salford Primary Care Together and run by the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre (SUCRC), homeless people and ex-offenders in Irlam and Eccles will now have access to health assessments and dental care, which will include 'oral screening, blood borne virus testing, smoking, drug and alcohol issues, tuberculosis, mental health, diet and exercise'.

By sorting such issues at source, it is hoped that the unique project will not only help the homeless and ex-offenders to get better health care and live longer and in more comfort, but also will help save the NHS money by reducing hospital visits.

"We're delighted to receive this funding which will allow us to alleviate some of the entrenched ill health, and resulting poor quality of life in marginalised communities in Eccles and Irlam" says Alec McFadden, SUCRC Centre Manager "Healthier communities will have a knock on, positive impact on wider networks of families and neighbourhoods, helping to challenge some of our enduring economic and social issues such as high levels of poverty and more importantly, save lives."

Bob the regular wrote
at 08:08:12 on 27 October 2018
Fully agree. Tell you what, this Tim Heatley guy, been looking him up. seems he has just got a large bus converted with 15 beds on it for the homeless to sleep in. he is pictured next to Burnham with it. Is this just silly posing or does he really want to help the homeless? Since young Tim has not got a final idea what to do with buille hill depot and Mansion, and he only wants to help in his own words, why does he not take up the offer from Simon Locke from Emmaus project on Fitzwarren street and work with him. Simon locke, (and I have this from one of my best sources) is a very capable , highly motivated guy of good principle who does a great job down there. He gets results as well. The place he runs down there is nothing like the place on Bloom street the council used to run so get that idea right out of your heads. Knowing what Mary and Joe are like, and what I am told Simon is like, all no nonsense motivated caring community people, it might be worth them three getting together and having a chat at the Emmaus centre.(perhaps also with the lady councilor from Worsley who sits on the Emmaus board). Let us be charitable to those less fortunate than ourselves. Let us offer a further step up to those who are trying at Emmaus to help themselves. Remember the late great Mike mcguire. He was a homeless Salford lad for most his life, but we all liked him. Lets do it.
 
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