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Homeless Outreach Team (START) – Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark

Overview

Homeless Outreach (START) is a small multi-disciplinary assessment team for street homeless people in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. Our role is to engage and assess homeless people with severe mental health problems and to refer them on to local mainstream services.  We do not provide care coordination and we are not a housing team.

The service is for people who are:

  • Homeless (see below)
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Have a severe and enduring mental illness. This includes schizophrenia, affective disorders and personality disorders
  • Are unwilling or unable to engage with mainstream services.
  • All 4 criteria must be met. We do not see people just because they are homeless.

When should a client be considered as homeless?  If they are:

  • Rough sleeping
  • Sleeping in abandoned buildings, parks or on public transport
  • Using one of the hostels for homeless people.

Referral/how to contact:  Self referral or via homeless services.  Referral form available.  This is not a crisis service.

 

Contact Details

Phone:
Reception 020 3228 1800 or Duty 10am – 4pm 020 3228 5911

Email:
startteam@slam.nhs.uk

Website:
http://www.slam.nhs.uk/our-services/service-finder-details?CODE=SU0552

Address:
St Giles House, St Giles Road, London. SE5 7UD

Other Info

Opening times:
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm. Duty service 10am - 4pm for advice or information on homeless resources, to discuss a potential referral, or to check whether a homeless client is known to START.

Costs:

Disabled Access:
Yes

Directions:

Other information:
NHS service run by South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Last updated:
3rd August 2016