12 May 2021

WDP to provide services to rough sleepers in Camden and Islington

We are delighted to announce that WDP has been successful in two bids to deliver substance misuse services to rough sleepers.

The new services will be delivered in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. Each service will operate an outreach model of psychosocial support and prescribing to help rough sleepers address their substance misuse issues and eventually enter structured treatment.

The services’ key focus is people’s safety, and our staff will be out in the community, working with rough sleepers wherever they feel comfortable and safe. In both boroughs, there will be specialist roles that will work with women and also around dual diagnosis, to help those experiencing complex mental health and substance misuse problems.

WDP’s Capital Card will also play a big role in helping people get the essential items they need and find their feet in the community.

Lisa Luhman, Commissioning Manger for Camden & Islington Public Health said: “Camden and Islington are excited about the development of the new rough sleeper services, and believe the services will achieve great outcomes for some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Yasmin Batliwala, Chair of WDP said: “Winning two new contracts to provide substance misuse services for rough sleepers in Camden and in Islington is a testament to the quality of our care. We will be able to reach more people in need of our services, especially rough sleepers who are particularly vulnerable. We look forward to welcoming new staff, and new hope into the WDP family.”