Many charities talk about being ‘user led’; Groundswell truly is: two thirds of its staff are formerly homeless, and it always has two beneficiaries on its board. Groundswell has developed a highly successful model that trains homeless volunteers to build relationships with their peers and take them to health appointments, resulting in improved health outcomes for participants and higher employment rates for volunteers. With Groundswell’s existing funding largely restricted, The Fore provided much-needed support for the salary of the organisation’s first COO. The role is expected to transform Groundswell’s financial systems and operating processes to facilitate national scaling of the model.
Funding programme:Core Programme
Funding round:2017 Summer
Location: Throughout the UK
Sector: Health and wellbeing, Economic development and employability, Housing and homelessness