The Pathways Project works with people who are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol and have found this often stops them from engaging with services and may have led to them losing their home.
To work with the project team, people will have been rough sleeping or have been moved into emergency accommodation during the pandemic. Service users are then supported to access treatment that brings together experts such as psychologists, substance misuse experts and a homelessness engagement team to work with people in a holistic, trauma-informed way, understanding how difficult experiences have may affected their lives. It uses strength based working to promote independent living and personal empowerment.
The project builds on the successful model which was used for the council’s Street Lifestyles Pilot, which focused on anti-social behaviour caused by substance misuse. The current funding has been used to expand the team and now includes psychological support staff.
The project is delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Council, the NHS and addiction charity We Are With You and is funded by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) for two years. Liverpool is one of 43 areas nationally to be asked to bid for the funding which will continue until the end of 2023.