Capitalising on their partnership with St. Mungo’s Broadway, HAGA brought their alcohol interventions expertise to the homeless in London; supported by funding from the Safe Social London Partnership
Through the implementation of a pilot project, extensive training resources have been developed for those who work with homeless people.
There were three main aims of the project, all targeted to help the homeless population in London:
- to reduce alcohol-related harm
- to support the delivery of alcohol screening, interventions and assessment
- to support clear and effective alcohol pathways into support and treatment
HAGA and St Mungo’s Broadway piloted Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) and Extended Brief Interventions (EBI) in homeless settings through health days held at five different St Mungo’s Broadway hostels.
At these health days, trained St Mungo’s Broadway staff engaged with clients and offered alcohol screening using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), a ten question alcohol screening tool developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Clients also rated their levels of self-efficacy, motivation, physical health, mental health, offending, financial stability and meaningful activity levels.
Increasing and Higher Risk drinkers (AUDIT scores 8-19) were offered five minutes of Brief Advice
Higher and High Risk drinkers were offered Extended Brief Intervention sessions and/or referral to the local alcohol service. All positive scoring clients were offered a four to six week follow-up during which they were rescreened using AUDIT and offered further support.
LLC Consultancy and Middlesex University conducted an evaluation of the pilot. Researchers conducted focus groups and semi-structured interviews with staff and clients involved in the pilot.
To support the implementation of alcohol interventions in homeless settings, three training films were produced. The training films, featuring HAGA and St Mungo’s Broadway staff and clients, were produced by Suitcase Media.
Training video 1: About Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) and Extended Brief Interventions (EBI)
This short film gives an overview of alcohol IBA, the tools used and their background, what the scores mean, and what brief advice and EBI involves.
Training video 2: About the HAGA-St Mungo’s Broadway alcohol interventions in homeless settings pilot
This film outlines the background to the pilot, how the pilot worked, gives worker’s views of what worked and didn’t work, how progress was measured, client’s views and experiences, and key learning and findings.
Training video 3: Alcohol interventions in homeless settings case studies
This film tells the story of some clients involved in the alcohol interventions pilot in their own words and from worker’s perspectives.