Why Do We Exist?
The Greenlight Team exists to address the growing issue of homelessness in our community. The following key information sheds light on the urgent need for our services:
Currently, there are 144,670 individuals experiencing homelessness, which is 2.9% higher than the pre-COVID level. The main causes of homelessness include situations where family and friends can no longer accommodate individuals, domestic abuse cases, eviction, violence, harassment, and leaving asylum support.
Support Needs and Health Impact
40% of homeless individuals require multiple supports. Homelessness amongst older individuals has increased by 36.3%, often with higher health needs. Lack of a fixed address hinders access to care, such as community mental health support. Health issues can include skin disorders, trauma risk (assault/rape), malnutrition, parasitic infections, dental diseases, joint problems, liver disease, and diabetes control challenges.
In addition, 47% of individuals experiencing homelessness suffer from physical health issues, while 78% face mental health difficulties. The Greenlight Team provides vital support, assistance, and resources to address homelessness challenges, ensuring physical and mental well-being of homeless individuals.
Greenlight is a team of dedicated volunteers with a passion for caring for the homeless. With the help of a medical van, we provide non-intrusive medical care and a signposting service to help individuals gain access to appropriate assistance.
Together with our Street Friends and Befriending projects, we also aim to build long-term and meaningful relationships to support our service-users through a difficult time.
Below are three ways you can get involved to help homeless people regain their trust in humanity, become contributing parts of society, and see their lives grow as part of a healthy community.
Regardless of your skill set, there’s a place for everyone to make a difference.
1. Greenlight Teams
2. Street Friends