H3 Coast to Coast Fundraiser

This bank holiday weekend Jak Davies, Iain Forrest and Molly Bishop will be cycling the breadth of the country in aid of the health and wellbeing work of H3 – Helping the Homeless into Housing. Completing the challenge over two days they will be stopping at St Peter’s Square on the Sunday morning to pick up anyone who wants to join for the last 50 miles.

H3 deliver a wide range of health and wellbeing activities to those living in temporary accommodation in Stockport. This includes cycling, arts and crafts, health advocacy, holistic therapies, football and fitness. Good health and wellbeing management is the cornerstone to leading a stable life and building independence. The more we can do in this area to support our most vulnerable residents, the greater our success will be to transform lives.

Donations to be made at https://localgiving.org/donation/h-3.

Please follow @H3homelessness on Twitter to follow the team as they ride across the country!

If you would like to join the ride on the Sunday please contact Jak at jak.davies@stockporthomes.org.  

Homelessness support through social enterprise services

This month we were featured in the Greater Manchester Poverty Newsletter for our social enterprise work... Since this article we have completed 4 further painting and decorating jobs and 6 more  Move Ons, with local support agencies referring us to their clients. We look forward to the further development of this work and the positive impacts it has for our service users and the local community.

"H3 (Helping the Homeless into Housing) was set up as a user group in 2012, originally made up of Stockport Homes’ temporary accommodation residents. As the group grew and took on the form of a registered charity it offered more support services for people experiencing homelessness in Stockport.

Some of its work follows a socially enterprising model; H3 runs a ‘Move On’ Removals Service for people moving out from temporary accommodation and into permanent housing and a Painting and Decorating Service to support people to enjoy and value their new property.

“They’ve made my house into a home – it would never have looked or felt this this without H3"

This work not only offers volunteering and skills opportunities to residents experiencing homelessness in temporary accommodation, but helps bridge the gap when people are able to move on. This can be a difficult transition and the alleviation of the financial costs associated with moving is of real benefit. H3 offers these services free to those moving on from homelessness, and part subsidises it by providing these services in the community to tenants who might need help moving items or re-decorating. Beneficiaries are able to move without high costs, which in most cases would be impossible to manage without credit. They are also able to make their house their home cheaply and relatively quickly – helping to settle in a period of change.

In 2016, H3 volunteers supported 26 ‘Move On’ removals out of temporary accommodation, saving an estimated £40 per household. H3 volunteers have completed 9 painting and decorating works saving an estimated £150 per household. 10 moving jobs and 4 painting and decorating works were provided to the general public and charged on a donation basis. Due to the low running costs of both services, H3 required just £400 in grant funding over the entire year to make up the shortfall in costs. In the future, H3 aims to run both services without the need for grant subsidies and has begun new partnership work with the Stockport Local Assistance Scheme (SLAS) through their Handyperson Awards.

Stockport Homes has been supporting the social enterprise work of H3 for the last 5 years – notably through the post of a Charity Support and Development Officer and gifting a van to get the Move On service up and running. Through close partnership working Stockport Homes continually provides referrals and engages residents to volunteer and benefit from this service."

See the full edition here.

Welcome to our new Health Advocate

This week we welcomed on board a new Health Advocate to carry on the fantastic work of the H4 Hospital discharge project which is now entering its third year.

Katie has worked in supported housing and complex needs support with homeless people for over 13 years in Manchester and has a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to bring. She is looking forward to getting to know people and services in Stockport.


If you need to make a referral to the H4 Hospital service, call Katie on 07946645797. More information on this service can be found on the H4 Hospital page.

Email: Katie@h-3.org.uk  


Recruiting for Homeless Hospital Advocate

H3 Homeless Housing Advocate

RESPONSIBLE TO: Temporary Accommodation Manager

SALARY: £19,817 – £20,855

Fixed Term Contract until April 2019

Job Purpose: 

The key function of this role is to work alongside the Homeless Health Advocate, housing and hospital staff and others with responsibility for the discharge of patients to provide safe and supported discharge for homeless patients.

The worker will be involved from patient admission or referral through to discharge and placement into adequate accommodation. The initial focus will be to explore all avenues of accommodation, facilitating referrals and meetings to ensure that homeless patients are discharged with suitable accommodation.

The worker will need to build strong working relationships with partner agencies in and out of hospital that can provide support for the service users being advocated for. The worker will represent the wider work and vision of the H4 Hospital Project in the community.

Finally the worker will be tasked with identifying, recruiting and training ‘Peer Mentors’ to provide support to more people affected by homelessness in the future.

Main Responsibilities: 

To work with established processes and joint working protocols enabling the timely notification of homeless patients by hospital staff.

To carry out housing assessments in hospital settings with patients and assist in the move from hospital to home by liaising with relevant parties to secure appropriate discharge accommodation.

Together with the patient to assess their housing and support needs and draw up an agreed support plan and risk assessment which will be implemented by the Health Advocate.

To work with patients to meet their housing discharge and support needs including:

  • developing and sustaining working relationships with patients
  • provide information, advice and advocacy
  • making onward referrals to specialist agencies
  • provide information and assistance to enable patients to make choices about their future and maximise their independence.

Provide practical support to assist customers in accessing appointments, meetings and other relevant activities e.g. of a social nature.

Contribute to care planning meetings with the Health Advocate and staff from health and social care to promote the appropriate options to meet the patients’ needs.

To identify and recruit Peer Mentors from current and former temporary accommodation residents and homeless patients.

To maintain records in accordance with policies and procedures and to work within H3 guidelines, policies and procedures.

Accurately record and report outcomes to demonstrate how effective the project has been in reducing readmissions and improving the social circumstances of clients, to evidence the need for further commissioning.

To preserve confidentiality in respect of users of the service.

To ensure that the services provided are responsive to and sensitive of the social, cultural, linguistic and religious needs of service users in accordance to the H3 Equal Opportunities Policy.

To undertake appropriate supervision, training, education and development.

If you would like to apply, please submit your CV along with a covering letter demonstrating your interest and suitability to this post.

Please read the Full Person Specification to support your application. 

Please send to Molly Bishop at admin@h-3.org.uk no later than 11.00 Monday 20th March.

Your CV should contain the following personal details:

Full name


Contact Number


Date of Birth

Confirmation of clean driver’s license

Two names references



H4 Hospital Project Cost Savings to Health and Housing

We are pleased to announce that we have completed a full cost-benefit analysis using the New Economy model for the 285 customers supported by the H4 Hospital project from May 2015 – January 2017.

All “before” costings are for the six months prior to H4 Hospital intervention; “after” costings are records of instances whilst the customer was supported by the service – typically for 28 days.

The key public costing savings occur in health and housing. The following tables demonstrate the breakdown of these cost savings from the H4 Hospital service.

These have been achieved over two years of development, relationship building and service innovation. We are proud of the impact that has been made to date and look forward to the continuation of this service (secure Big Lottery funding until 2019).

Specific case studies are available and if you would like any further information please do get in contact.    


1. Overall savings to health: £720,182

Ambulance call-outs £71,583 (339/18)*

A&E visits – no investigation £3,876 (59/2)

A&E visits with treatment £43,282 (349/26)

A&E visits leading to admission £488,106 (274/12)

Outpatients appointments -£1,140 (0/10)

Hospital bed days £72,720 (101/0)

Mental health ward admissions £25,245 (57/2)

Mental health outpatients appointments £150 (0/1)

Mental health unit weeks £22,470 (21/0)

GP visits -£5,460 (6/136)

Community nurse visits -£350 (0/10)

*(Client numbers 6 months prior to intervention/ Client numbers 6 months post intervention)

Saving: £720,182


2. Overall savings to housing: £558,340

Cost of homelessness prevention activity: £65,007 (93 preventions)

Cost of homelessness had this not taken place: £253,332

Saving: £188,325

Rough sleeping savings:  4,677 days down to 17 days (48 clients/5 clients)

Saving: £307, 015


3. Overall cost-benefit

Service cost (May 15 – January 17): £92,376

Service savings: £1,278,522

Overall savings: £1,186,146


Created with New Economy's Cost-Benefit Analysis process