The Parish Nursing initiative has been set up to provide whole-person health care for people who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless, life and health inequalities, substance use, and loneliness. The project operates a twice a week Drop-In, open to all, where people can access support for health concerns, support into recovery, Spiritual care, harm reduction advice and a listening ear. They also offer 1-1 support outwith the drop in, and support groups for anyone in recovery.
The Parish Nursing service is run by a team of 3 registered nurses, a Recovery support worker, an assistant, and a team of 25 volunteers, who have a wealth of knowledge and understanding.
The service at The Steeple started in 2008, with a remit of reaching out to people in the city centre to provide health support. Gradually awareness increased that there were many people around the city centre, living unhappily with the effects of poverty and often with substance use concerns that are deeply damaging to whole person health. Working alongside the NHS Homeless Health Team and NHS mobile Dental team, they look to care for people body, mind and soul.
In supporting and working with people to address ongoing health inequalities, they foster a genuine sense of family and belonging. By working with people who attend their service, their lived experiences and personal skills can be drawn upon to help provide a supportive and nurturing environment, helping them to develop a sense of purpose, improve their health, and to feel a sense of belonging, going on to live full, satisfying lives.