EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee
Diversity Champion Award for Housing Sector
Paul has been shortlisted for his work within the LGBT Community for his contribution in establishing specialist services. In 2010 Paul was appointed to a tasks force tasked with re – designing diabetes care within West London. After successfully establishing an improved, patient lead service Paul set up the first LGBT Diabetes support group. In 2014 Paul began volunteering for a charity. As part of this he developed a UK pioneering Supported Housing Service for Gay and Bisexual men with “Chemsex” drug issues and/or Domestic Violence. Paul designed the service based on a peer lead approach and as a recovering addicted himself realised the power and importance of lived experience. The service has already shown an 86% success rate on complete drug abstinence within its first 6 months, and a 0% crime rate. In addition to this Paul has also developed and trained a number of services in same sex domestic violence and Chemsex use and is chair of a task force exploring treatment, and support for Chemsex users.