The Foundation is unique among NHS endowments in making grants directly to community-based health charities and voluntary groups which support better health outcomes. Restricted Funds, largely restricted to acute hospitals, are not disbursed to public health projects.
People can find themselves vulnerable for any reason; from injuries, illness, being lost, due to mental health issues, homelessness, drugs or alcohol misuse. These people need a place of safety; somewhere they can receive immediate, non-judgemental support, advice, first aid and help finding a safe route home. In Edinburgh, that place is SafeZone Edinburgh.
Staffed completely by a committed team of award-winning volunteers, this fully adapted and equipped single decker bus, with the help of a support vehicle, supports vulnerable adults that need help.
Since the initiative launched in December 2013, SafeZone volunteers have treated or helped over 2,000 people. In the past few months alone, SafeZone volunteers have saved lives, rescued people in distressing situations, helped people find emotional, mental health and accommodation support services; they have even reunited a missing person with their family.
“SafeZone Edinburgh has a massive impact on emergency services in Edinburgh; easing the pressure on A+E, Ambulance and Police, ensuring their resources and time can be diverted to focus on more serious cases. We started as a pilot project and the support of the ELHF at a critical moment enabled us to continue delivery while we established the project and found further support. We are now able to deliver services every weekend which has saved lives, impacted quality of life and improved community safety and health.”
Working on Wheels