The number of clients supported by our Scottish Outreach Worker project continues to increase, with 68 clients receiving assistance, advice and referral to services in the past year, a 15% increase over the previous year. Our assessment report shows a diverse range of clients and situations:
Needs assessments showed that: 56% had drug misuse issues; 47% had alcohol misuse issues; 66% had mental health support needs, and 65% were considered to have physical health needs.
The report also showed
• 6% of clients reported that they had previously served in the Armed Forces
• 34% of clients reported that they had previously been in care
• 90% of clients were met in the borough of Westminster. This demonstrates the importance of having our Scottish Outreach Worker based at the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Westminster. The remaining 10% were met in nine different boroughs, highlighting how our Scottish Outreach Worker works across London.
• 7% were female
• 71% have been in prison
• 31% of the 68 clients who worked with our Scottish Outreach Worker stayed in accommodation last year. This includes a hostel stay, referral into a night shelter, sheltered housing, and private rented accommodation and/or returning to family/reconnection