Funding Secured To Help Rough Sleepers In Bognor Regis

More than £180,000 has been awarded by Public Health England (PHE) to West Sussex County Council and charity Stonepillow to help rough sleepers.

On Friday PHE announced more than £6 million worth of funding for various projects around the country to help make it easier for people to access help with alcohol problems.

West Sussex County Council and Stonepillow have been allocated £188,465 worth of capital funding to improve services in Bognor Regis.

Stonepillow see high numbers of people who experience difficulties with their alcohol use.

The funding will be used to redevelop and refurbish a purpose-built Resource Hub in Bognor Regis, open to rough sleepers, people who are homeless or those vulnerably housed within Bognor and the surrounding areas.

The funding will see the design and re-construction of the building, as well as the redecoration of the interior and refurnishing, along with the purchase of equipment including items for a medical treatment room and IT suite.

This is the fourth time PHE has led a programme of supporting alcohol and drug treatment and recovery through capital funding.

Alcohol misuse costs society £21 billion each year and effective alcohol treatment can help to reduce the burden placed on health and social care services. People who are homeless or in non-permanent housing are often the most vulnerable in society, and whilst many use alcohol to cope with life on the streets, they are also at greatest risk of experiencing alcohol-related harm and ill health.

By providing capital funding, local authorities can prioritise alcohol treatment, invest in equipment and facilities and ensure that treatment expertise is enhanced to better meet the needs of people with alcohol problems, particularly those who may be hard to reach.

Hilary Bartle, CEO of Stonepillow, and the board of trustees of the charity issued a joint statement welcoming the new funding. It said: “Stonepillow are very excited about the successful outcome of the PHE Bid it submitted with support from West Sussex County Council to Public Health England.

“It will allow us to undertake the refurbishment and development required to deliver a Resource Hub in Bognor Regis linking to the Stonepillow Glenlogie day service and Ellasdale Road hostel. 

“It will create a clear pathway for rough sleepers and homeless vulnerable clients with substance misuse issue to access alcohol treatment and receive medical and therapeutic interventions.

“We look forward to working with our partner agencies and clients in getting this project up and running so we can get on and deliver an innovative multi agency service.”

Director of Public Health at West Sussex County Council, Anna Raleigh, said: “This funding will allow us to support some of the most vulnerable resident in our communities, and I am very pleased that PHE has recognised the huge potential that this project has to have a positive impact on our residents’ lives.”