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Weʼre raising £1,500 to challenge perceptions & address the unmet health needs of the #homeless #community in #Leicester #HOMELESS4AWEEK

Leicester, UK
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This year there has been a 64% rise in people sleeping rough in Leicester, according to statistics released by the government.

Information collected from 27 Health Needs Audits across England showed:

• 86% reported some kind of mental health issue, diagnosed or undiagnosed.

• 44% had been diagnosed with a mental health issue, compared to 25% of the general population.

• 41% said they take drugs or are recovering from a drug problem.

• 27% are recovering from an alcohol problem.

About the project…

David Rowlands will be living and sleeping on the streets of Lecister for seven days and seven nights between the 5th-11th March 2018, to raise awareness & hear the often-unheard voices of the homeless community within Leicester.

During ‘National Conversation Week’ he will be visiting a range of support services available to the community to gain a better understanding of the unmet health needs of the homeless.

At 18.00 – 18.30 on each of these days, he will be publicly speaking about his experiences of the day at the Leicester Town Hall Square fountain. Staff, volunteers & services users that he has visited throughout each day will also be invited to attend these events Organisations will have an opportunity to speak about their projects, addressing some of the challenges they are facing & celebrate their achievements.

The focus for these events are going to be Mental Health, Service, Drugs & Alcohol, HIV, hepatitis C, Relationships, Health & Well-being.

David Rowlands, Director of www.DR-web.co.uk says; ‘While I have set myself a challenge, I find it absolutely interesting on so many levels. This project is going to provide a refreshing insight into real life experiences of homeless community in Leicester, as well as breaking down the stigma, hopefully challenging your perceptions and influencing change in the future.”

‘Many services across the city are working collaboratively to encourage those with addiction issues to engage with treatment and care services, but often people’s voices are unheard. Moving forward preventing homelessness is going to require collaboration with a multi-disciplinary approach.’

Throughout the week, he will be collecting donations by ww.JustGiving.com which will raise the profile of the project. This initiative is a great way to get people to back the project & help make it a reality.


• Will support costs to produce a printed publication and video.

• Host a meeting of all supporters in the second quarter of 2018.

• Generate start-up costs for new projects in the city.

• Support existing organisations to make service developments.

A publication and video ‘Time to change’ supported by students from De Montfort University will be produced of his experiences over the week which will address & devise solutions to the key health challenges that matter the most to the homeless community in Leicester.

This will be shared across the city with our supporters that we have collaborated with as well as patient organisations, healthcare providers, physicians, stakeholders & policymakers.

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  • Mark Mason

    Mark Mason

    Feb 10, 2018

    Wishing you all the best and much support on this homeless awareness. Mark


  • Kenneth Coney

    Kenneth Coney

    Feb 9, 2018

    Brilliant project!


  • Gemma Harris

    Gemma Harris

    Feb 8, 2018


  • Salim Khalifa

    Salim Khalifa

    Feb 8, 2018

    Good, I hope you achieve you goal. Wishing you the very best on your week living on the streets. I hope you raise awareness and created empathy for those whom it’s a daily reality.


  • Karen Guile

    Karen Guile

    Feb 8, 2018

    All the very best David 💕💜x


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