Sunderland Projects Update : Changing Lives September 2014



All projects focus on work with adults with multiple and complex needs with the focus of all but GAP being on homelessness as the main criteria.


Tatham House Project – We continue to support residents in Tatham House (alongside C4 and Turning Point). This approach is based on The Lodge model developed by St. Mungo’s charity in London. We are funded to engage with clients in the private hostel through 1-2-1 and group work, providing support to access services and look at move-on when appropriate. This project is funded until 31/12/14.


Norfolk Hotel – We run a non-commissioned weekly drop-in a the Norfolk Hotel, supporting residents to engage in services around health and wellbeing. Norfolk residents are also invited to Tatham House group activities both in-house and outdoor group activities.


Homeless / Supported Accommodation SP Contract (Assertive Outreach) – As part of the new Sunderland City Council Supported Accommodation contract, we are providing the assertive outreach element.

This includes working with rough sleepers, those who are sofa surfing, and those living in the private hostels who are at risk of homelessness. Our role is to try and secure temporary accommodation for clients and engage/re-engage clients with services across life domains. This team will respond to any sightings of rough sleeping activity.


GAP – We have secured funding for 1.5 GAP workers in Sunderland supporting women who are sex working and/or at risk of sexual exploitation. Support encompasses all emotional and practical assistance including safety planning.


Contact details of all staff and their individual roles are below:



John Cassap (Assertive Outreach Worker, SP Contract, Tuesday-Friday) – 07834 731 453 email – .

Nicola Wrightson (Assertive Outreach Worker, SP Contract, Monday-Thursday) – 07803 623 494 –

Ger Fowler (Tatham House In-reach Worker / Veteran Specialist) – 07834 731 455 –

Alan Grotz (Tatham House In-reach Worker) – 07803 623 492 –

Claire McCardle (GAP Development Worker) – 07966 064 258 –

Eleena Dillon (Part-time Assertive Outreach Worker, Mon, Wed and Thursday/ Part-time GAP worker, Tuesday and Friday) – AOW Number – 07903 945 222 / GAP Number 07518 041 239

Helena Elliott – (Sessional Assertive Outreach Worker) 07847 842 274 –

Craig Macbeth – (Volunteer Assertive Outreach Worker, Monday-Friday) – 07804 597 030 –

Stevie King – (Volunteer Assertive Outreach Worker / GAP Worker, Part-time) – (0191) 565 9579

Ollie Hailes – (Volunteer Assertive Outreach Worker, Part-time) – (0191) 565 9579

Kevin Thorburn – (Volunteer Assertive Outreach Worker, Part-time) – (0191) 565 9579

Stacey Campion – (Volunteer Assertive Outreach Worker, Part-time) – (0191) 565 9579

Nicole Timms – (Volunteer GAP worker, Part-time) – (0191) 565 9579



Please note, our office phone number is (0191) 565 9579 and hours of operation are Mon-Friday 9-5pm.


Referrals can be made / advice given by ringing our office.



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