Implementing a wet facility to support street drinkers
PHE ePoster Library. McCoy E. Sep 13, 2016; 138099; 63
Ellie McCoy
Ellie McCoy
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Abstract Alcohol misuse is linked with the cause and effect of homelessness and street drinkers experience disproportionate levels of alcohol related harm. Therefore, it is important that local services address the level of alcohol consumption within street drinking populations.The Rehabilitation, Education, Support & Treatment (REST) Centre was developed as a means to diffuse anti-social behaviour associated with street drinking in Liverpool, and to provide pathways for alcohol treatment. The REST Centre wet facility pilot was delivered by a homeless service for four months in 2015, and utilised a harm reduction model by providing a safe and secure space for street drinkers to consume alcohol. The Centre also provided on-site healthcare and housing support.A mixed method evaluation utilised interviews with service users and stakeholders, a survey with local businesses and analysis of data collected on-site alongside intelligence from health and crime data. This poster outlines the key findings from the qualitative work.The REST Centre successfully engaged with 386 street drinkers. The qualitative analysis demonstrates the short term impacts for those who engaged. Outcomes included improved health and wellbeing, feelings of safety and social integration. Through the provision of support and opportunities for healthcare pathways, alcohol reduction and abstinence were also achieved by some service users, and wider issues such as health and housing were addressed. The evaluation demonstrates the potential of using wet facilities to promote alcohol reduction and improve the lives of individuals with multiple complex needs. External funding details This evaluation was commissioned by the Liverpool Citysafe Partnership.
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