Parish Nursing, The Steeple, Dundee
The Parish Nursing initiative was set up to provide whole-person health care for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, as well as those experiencing life and health inequalities, addictions, and loneliness.
The project operates as a drop-in clinic which runs twice a week at the Steeple Church where the parish nurses provide a broad range of services such as one-to-one emotional support for people experiencing loneliness, practical support such as improving a person's self-esteem by way of a free haircut, and information around health concerns such as blood-borne viruses. The Parish Nursing project is supported by a team of approximately eighteen volunteers, some of whom had previously attended the clinic. Volunteers are important for this type of project as they bring a wealth of lived experience and skills.