Support with Interventions to Counter Homelessness (SWITCH) commenced delivery in June 2016, and is a four year funded project by the Big Lottery Fund.
Delivered across Hull, a team of staff and volunteers offer a one-to-one mentoring service to support individuals recognised as homeless, living in hostels, sofa surfers and individuals struggling to manage and maintain property they are in. This project is unique in the Hull area, as it is the only project to provide a mentoring service directly to the homeless and people at risk of homelessness.
Individuals are matched with a Volunteer Mentor, to support and enable individuals to independently engage with and work towards goals to gain independence in their community. The support offered is extra support on top of the services working in Hull to combat existing homelessness. Goal setting, confidence building, assisting with tasks such as housing applications, attending appointments and battling isolation are a few of the tasks our Volunteer Mentors take on to support Mentees.