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Friday 17 November 2017
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Graham House

Dave Angel and Nichola McDonagh

Graham House in Vauxhall is Thames Reach’s largest hostel, being home to 69 former rough sleepers.

The hostel had a quarter of a million pound revamp in 2012, organised through the Government’s Places of Change programme. This included a new self-catering kitchen where residents can cook for themselves and prepare for independent living.

Graham House works closely with partner agencies, including the Intermediate Care Project. Headed up by the Three Boroughs Nursing Team, it provides health care input supporting the varied and sometimes complex health needs of residents.

The hostel also operates as a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE), in association with the South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust (SLaM). Psychologists have been based on site, working with a support team, and with service users, since 2015.

PIE stems from work by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recognising the high levels of emotional trauma that accompany, and in many cases precede, an individual becoming homeless.

It provides access to therapies that more complex elements of the homeless population currently miss out on due to the chaotic lifestyle associated with substance misuse or a failure to engage with health and homelessness support staff.

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