15 October 2021

Organisers have spoken of their pride at the partnership and community approach that made the Greenhouse Multi-Agency Group Fair a resounding success. 

The event was held on Friday, October 8, 2021 to offer friendly health, wellbeing and housing advice. 

The team were able to help 131 people in City & Hackney who are homeless or vulnerably housed and they provided 140 hot dinners, 25 flu vaccines, 15 free haircuts and 13 COVID vaccines. 

The fair was held in Hackney at the Trust’s Greenhouse car park in Tudor Road and organised in partnership with Thames Reach, Greenhouse Health, Welfare and Housing Advice, Groundswell and our other non-statuary partner services.  

Hackney’s rough sleeping leads were on hand to offer help and advice, along with housing advisors, social prescribers and a wellbeing coach. Health checks were available, as was smoking cessation advice – with lots of smoking cessation referrals made on the day. 

Free feminine hygiene products from #TrickyPeriod were provided, StreetVet provided check-ups for clients’ pets and Street Storage, providing people with somewhere to leave their belongings if they are living on the streets, were also present.  

The fair was supported by a range of other partners including Well Street Common Primary Care Network (PCN), Groundswell and Hackney Council.  

Greenhouse Practice Manager Emma Dirken said she was overwhelmed at the collective effort to make the fair a success – including Hackney Council’s Cllr Sade Etti and her multi-faith group who provided the hot meals. 

"As an anchor institution, ELFT has an important role to play in coordinating and bringing the various groups together to make an event like this a success,” she said. 

“I'm so proud to work alongside my ELFT colleagues and our partner organisations to be able to put on events like this, and support some of the most vulnerable people in our community." 

ELFT Executive Lead for Primary Care Dr Mohit Venkataram, who attended the fair along with ELFT Director for Primary Care Marina Muirhead, said the smiles on the faces of visitors demonstrated the difference that events like this can make. 

“The ability to come together as partners and give respect and control back to the lives of our homeless population was exemplified in the fair led by the Greenhouse Practice team and supported by so many fantastic partners,” he added. 

“It demonstrated a resilient partnership approach with our amazing staff collecting food, clothing and giving visitors free haircuts. The leadership shown by the team at Greenhouse and the amazing staff overwhelmed me. Thank you."