Hightown appoints Street Drinker Outreach Worker

A new Outreach Worker has been appointed by Hightown Housing Association to help street drinkers access relevant support services and improve their health and wellbeing.

The appointment of the Street Drinker Outreach Worker has been made possible using funding provided by St Albans City and District Council.

Hightown aims to address ongoing housing and homelessness issues and is one of the first housing associations to appoint a Street Drinker Outreach Worker.

Laura Bill has recently taken on the post as part of a one-year pilot project, working alongside Hightown’s St Albans Street Drinker Intervention Service. 

The dedicated service was created to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people access accommodation and services to help improve their health wellbeing, while reducing the impact of street drinking.

As part of her role, Laura will work with the service to engage with street drinkers in St Albans, helping them to address their needs, and improve their overall health and wellbeing.  This will involve identifying and working with individuals, and signposting them to support services, specialist drug and alcohol treatment programmes, accommodation and employment.

Dave Black, Director of Care & Support at Hightown Housing, said:

“We are hugely grateful to St Albans City and District Council for its support in helping us appoint Laura, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Hightown team.  This is an invaluable role that will help us to support some of St Albans’ most vulnerable people..”

Laura Bill, Street Drinker Outreach Worker said:

“I’m pleased to be part of the team at Hightown and I want to help people reduce the harm they are doing to themselves.”

Cllr Brian Ellis, Housing and Inclusion Portfolio Holder from St Albans City and District Council, said: “Hightown’s new Street Drinking Outreach Worker will play a valuable role in the community helping vulnerable people access support where needed. The Council is funding the role as part of a wider homelessness prevention initiative. We are also funding other projects and services aimed at helping people secure accommodation, such as St Albans District Credit Union’s rent deposit loan scheme. ”

The Street Drinker Outreach role will liaise with the local authority, Community Safety Partnership, police, and other agencies to address street drinking and homelessness. Laura will also work with the staff team at Hightown’s Open Door homelessness service, which provides support for service users recovering from addiction during their 28 day stay.