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Project information

Healthy Resilient Lives

Supporting young people in London and Gateshead who have been faced with homelessness to address mental and physical health needs. Our Healthy Resilient Lives project will will work with 85 young people in year one to improve mental and physical well being.

One Year

Charity information: Oasis Aquila Housing

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  • Need


    The young people we work with who have been homeless present poorer health outcomes than the general population, 80% of our clients reporting poor mental health at any one time. Our young people often want to attend the gym or access therapeutic support but face financial barriers from doing so, and want to eat healthily but have never been taught how to cook well on a budget.


    The young people we house, who have experienced trauma and difficult challenges will have the opportunity to access programs to address their health needs. We will set up personal budgets for each young person and alongside staff the young person will be empowered to improve their health using this personal budget. The budget will be available to use to access programs which address physical and mental health needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Healthy Resilient Lives programme promoted to 150 people in our supported accommodation


    » Project promoted in accommodation projects via posters, leaflets and one to one support worker sessions.
    » Young people sign up to the project and start a well being plan.

    What success will look like

    Forms completed by young people to confirm they have been informed of the healthy resilient lives programme

    Aim 2

    40 programme participants report an improvement in mental health and overall wellbeing


    » Personal budgets allow young person to access therapeutic support
    » Scaling questionnaire completed by young person to evidence improvements

    What success will look like

    Evidence from health professionals report and young persons self completed questionnaire.

    Aim 3

    40 young people who have been homeless or have history of offending improve physical health


    » Personal budget used to access fitness training
    » Personal budgets used to access support to reduce substance misuse
    » Questionnaire completed to evidence health and levels of fitness pre and post training and support

    What success will look like

    Amount of personal budget spent of fitness training will be evaluated and questionnaire completed by young person to assess levels of fitness pre and post programme engagement.

    Aim 4

    85 young people increase understanding of healthy eating


    » 8 healthy resilient lives food events take place at supported accommodation projects in London
    » Healthy eating workshops demonstrate affordable healthy meals led by a volunteer professional chef
    » Young people complete questionnaire to detail eating patterns per and post workshop

    What success will look like

    sign up sheets show take up of healthy resilient lives food events, young people complete assessment of diet and eating patterns pre and post programme.

  • Impact


    The previously homeless young people we house will improve in mental health, physical health and healthy eating. This will be evidenced by professional assessments and self assessment questionnaires.
    This improvement in well being will be significant in enabling each young person we support to work toward their future goals which include including moving into their own tenancy and working toward engagement in education, employment or training.


    We have taken account of the risks to this project. One risk would be low sign up from the young people we house. We have consulted the young people and received very positive feedback and we are confident we will see a high take up to the programme. The other main risk is the misuse of the personal budgets. We have mitigated this risk by ensuring that payment is made either directly to the fitness/mental health professional or if necessary a voucher system will be implemented.


    We will use information, data and case studies collected by staff to collate and report to donors within the first 6 months of the project. An evaluation report will be sent at the end of the first year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,932

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,688 Staffing Salaries and Volunteer expenses
      £5,244 Management Management costs
      £18,000 Personal Budgets Budget for health expenditure
      £3,000 Other Promotion and building costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £36,592 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Healthy Resilient Lives Co-ordinator when appointed will be based at the Oasis Aquila Foyer in Croydon, South London. The Oasis Aquila Foyer provides accommodation for 65 young people aged 16-25 who have become homeless. The personal budgets will also be available to young people in our supported accommodation in Peckham, London and Gateshead.


    Previously homeless and at risk individuals aged between 16-25. We will work with this group to improve health outcomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Oasis Aquila Housing has been working with marginalised young people for more than 30 years. We have expertise in providing housing and mentoring support to help young people achieve stability, a sense of self worth, hope and ambitions for the future. Our accommodation projects in Croydon, Peckham and Gateshead are well placed locations for this project to be delivered from.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jen Gauden-Hand

    Director South Projects

    Mary Rennison

    Registered Counsellor