Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP is supporting St. Mungo’s Broadway ‘Homeless Health Matters’ campaign, which aims to improve the health of homeless people in Enfield and across the UK.
Visiting the charity’s supported accommodation service for young people at Roedean House, Southbury Road, on Friday 31st July, Ms Ryan had the opportunity to talk with staff and residents about the health challenges homeless people face and the support they need.
The service – commissioned by Enfield Council –helps homeless 18 to 21 year olds with mental health needs by providing them with the assistance, confidence and skills they require to improve and move on with their lives. Due to the support given by St. Mungo’s Broadway, some of the residents Joan spoke to are due to start University or return to school in September.
According to figures provided by St. Mungo’s Broadway, rough sleeping in England has risen by 55% since 2010 and statutory homelessness in England – whereby homeless people are legally entitled to be housed by their local authority - has increased by more than a third since 2009/10. In 2014/15, Enfield was among the four outer boroughs of London showing the greatest rise in the number of rough sleepers compared to the previous year.
With the average age of someone who dies whilst homeless being only 47, the St. Mungo’s Broadway campaign is calling on the Secretary of State for Health, local authorities and Health and Wellbeing Boards throughout the UK to make homeless health a priority.
Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“St. Mungo’s Broadway does fantastic work, helping around 25,000 people each year, not just in Enfield, but across London and the south of England.
It was a really interesting visit to Roedean House and it underlined to me how crucial it is that homeless people get proper treatment and support to rebuild their lives.
The ‘Homeless Health Matters’ campaign is helping to increase the awareness of the issue and I would urge people to show their support by signing the charity’s petition, which is available through their website: http://www.mungosbroadway.org.uk/”