13 October 2021

Repurposed London buses that will provide direct support to people sleeping rough on London’s streets have been officially launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Change Please is launching the Driving for Change bus initiative and the Trust is the first NHS partner involved.

Executive Lead for Primary Care, Dr Mohit Venkataram, and Director for Primary Care Marina Muirhead attended the launch event on London’s Embankment on Thursday 7October 2021. 

Dr Venkataram spent time talking with The Mayor about the project and ELFT’s involvement in the multi-agency project.

The Driving for Change initiative will be an all-in-one direct intervention service providing free GP consultations, haircuts, dental care, digital and financial literacy training, employment support, shower facilities, therapy assessments, and essential everyday items. 

This one-stop solution is a vital offering that will give people experiencing homelessness pathways to potentially life-saving key services that centralise support.

The launch event was held to raise awareness of the programme, which is due to go live within the next few months.

It was held ahead of World Homeless Day 2021, which was on Sunday (10 October 2021).

We are tremendously proud to be the first NHS partner involved in this pioneering project,” said Dr Venkataram. “The support of The Mayor in launching this innovative programme and helping raise awareness of the issue is absolutely fantastic.”