We are delighted to have won the “Improving Health and Social Care” award at the Healthwatch England conference on 1st October.
In West Berkshire, health services were struggling to understand the unique needs of people who do not have a home, making it harder for them to access support. We spoke to 14 homeless people, as well as the charities and bodies that support them, to build a picture of the challenges. We then used the experiences shared with us to create a media campaign aimed at ending rough sleeping by 2020, seven years ahead of the Government target. Fundamentally changing how homeless people are supported locally in West Berkshire, earning us this award.