Hospital Discharge

Thanks to the Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund from The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), Housing Justice and Homeless Link, we were able to refurbish and reopen one of our existing properties in mid Cornwall, Little Cosgarne in winter 2021. The property was completely redesigned and refurbished by Harbour’s in-house building team, with key adaptations and features embedded throughout. Accessibility and inclusion were at the heart of this project from the very beginning, ensuring all members of our society have a safe place to stay.

Due to the extensive regeneration of Little Cosgarne, we have now got two fully wheelchair-accessible rooms, as well as level access accommodation and the ability to support those with sight and hearing impairments. Since we were commissioned to expand our provision, two more properties now house Hospital Discharge service users. One of the properties was refurbished thanks to funding from DLUHC’s Night Shelter Transformation Fund. These additional two properties are primarily used for services users being discharged from acute mental health wards across Cornwall.

The project is commissioned to alleviate ‘bed blockages’ within the NHS, across Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) and Cornwall Foundation Trust (CFT), which occur due to there not being suitable accommodation to which people can be discharged. This is a six-week project, with the option to extend to 12 weeks. During that time, service users will receive intensive housing-related support to enable them to move on to their own settled address. This can be a variety of accommodations, including their own social housing tenancy, private rented accommodation, or a longer term supported accommodation, such as the Empowering Independence project.

During service users’ time on this project, Harbour staff will also support each individual with signposting, advice, and guidance regarding a multitude of needs such as, but not limited to, substance and alcohol misuse, mental health needs and physical health needs. To achieve our many successful outcomes for service users the Hospital Discharge project works with key stakeholders and partner agencies such as the NHS, We Are With You (WAWY), Harbour Care, Cornwall Housing and Adult Social Care.

Inside Little Cosgarne

All bedrooms at Little Cosgarne have spacious ensuite bathrooms, meaning each person has access to their own facilities. Each ensuite has grab rails installed throughout, and showers have been fitted with foldable seats to make bathing easier.

Each room is fitted with easily accessible call points, so the occupant can alert staff quickly in case of an emergency.

A stairlift links the ground and first floors of the property, enabling access to both floors for those with limited mobility or injury.

The vibrant wallpaper and decor of the house is warm and inviting, and provides a safe place for those who need it.

Orange Stool
Harbour Housing Interior

A Closer Look At Hospital Discharge...