Street Buddies in Westminster
Riverside’s Street Buddies is a peer-led outreach service. Street Buddies help to get entrenched rough sleepers off the streets in Westminster.
Who better to reach out to entrenched rough sleepers, than people who’ve themselves experienced first-hand rough sleeping and homelessness and have turned their lives around?
Our volunteers, themselves former rough sleepers, are trained in dealing with substance misuse, mental health issues and professional boundaries.
Armed with an extensive knowledge of the range of support services available through Riverside and its partner agencies, Street Buddies enable customers to take the first steps to re-engaging with services and moving away from entrenched rough sleeping.
This unique set of training, skills and experience means our Street Buddies volunteers are ‘experts by experience’ and can reach and engage with entrenched rough sleepers in a way professionals often can’t.
Street Buddies also provides paid apprenticeships providing essential work experience within the sector and mentoring support and supervision.
For more information about Street Buddies please get in touch with us.
Team Leader: Louise Simonsen
Email: [email protected]