Joan Coulton - Housing First Outreach Worker
What I do
I will be working with women who are housed through the new Housing First Project. Housing First is an innovative and exciting scheme which has been successfully used in the USA and more recently in Britain to offer secure housing and intensive support to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Basis are setting up the first HF project specifically for sex working women and I am proud to be a part of it.
What I did before
I have been a support worker for several years and actually spent 5 years as the Outreach Worker for Basis, when we were Genesis, between 2009 and 2014. I then wanted to learn about housing support as so many of the women I saw on outreach were having issues with accessing safe and appropriate housing and weren’t always aware of their housing rights. I worked for Shelter for 12 months in HMP New Hall and with Leeds Housing Concern for 18 months. I am so happy to return to Basis as Housing First worker using the skills and knowledge I have gained in the last 2 ½ years.
A little bit about me
In my spare time I enjoy making pretty things with wool! I love going to the theatre and have even been known to indulge in a bit of opera. I like walking (especially if there is a café at the end, middle and even beginning of the route) and I spend as much time with family and friends as I can manage. I discovered mindfulness a few years ago and always find time for my daily meditation-it’s the thing that keeps me sane when life gets hectic!