A voluntary organisation in Lynn is celebrating after a funding boost from NHS winter pressure money.
The cash will enable SOS Project Safe Haven to continue to deliver a range of services with funds secured being spent on a new purpose-built SOS trailer unit.
SOS Project Safe Haven is managed by the North Lynn Discovery Centre and provides support and assistance to those who find themselves vulnerable at night.
The project also offers information, advice and guidance. Volunteers work many hours, often in challenging situations and in severe weather.
The new trailer unit is costing £24,000 which is being met through NHS winter pressure funds. The West Norfolk health system was allocated just under £4 million to fund initiatives designed to support the urgent care system this winter, in particular, relieving pressure on A&E at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
This money, which is to be used by March 31, was given by NHS England to NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, and its use is being overseen by the West Norfolk Urgent Care Board.
The purpose-built unit is being manufactured in Kent and is expected to take 16 weeks to construct.
Project Manager Carla King designed the new trailer unit which has three designated areas. A medical treatment facility will provide oxygen and a community automated external defibrillator (AED).
A ‘one to one’ room will provide volunteers with space for counselling/befriending or just to provide a listening service.
The area will double up as a study zone for volunteers to undertake formal qualifications allowing them to improve their education and employability.
There will be a vibrant meet and greet area, which will provide a warm and friendly space for the public to relax, warm up and enjoy a hot drink.