Supporting People is a programme that helps people who need housing support to live independently in the community. It covers a wide range of services that can range from short-term help for someone becoming independent through to long-term help for permanent residents. We monitor and review the services to ensure that they provide high quality and value for money.
What sort of things does the scheme cover?
Support staff provide practical advice and support to help you become more independent within your home and in the community. The support will help with things like:
- Making sure you feel safe and secure where you are living
- Help to manage responsibilities such as paying bills and budgeting
- Advice on which benefits you may be entitled to claim
- Assistance in accessing a wide range of other services and support groups
A large variety of tasks are eligible for Supporting People funding. Providers can help with:
- Income/Benefits - helping service users to understand and claim
- Bills / Budgeting - helping users to set and manage household budgets and deal with income and expenditure
- Personal admin - developing the capacity to handle everyday correspondence and administrative matters
- Offending behaviour - engaging with schemes to address offending behaviour, dealing with the probation service and statutory orders
- Health - assisting access to health services, ensuring physical and mental health are maintained, ensuring substance misuse is managed or abstinence is stable.
- Self Care - addressing self care needs and creating the awareness of the need for self care and the means to meet it
- Legal - assisting with getting legal advice and representation; complying with court orders or resolving legal issues
- Meaningful day time activity - developing aspiration in education, training or work
- Managing accommodation - help to manage accommodation - tenancy obligations, looking after the fabric of a dwelling, developing the ability to obtain advice and assistance
- Social networks and relationships - establishing regular contact with support services, social groups and individuals, developing awareness of harmful social networks and how to handle conflict
Who can get help?
- Frail and Elderly People
- Homelessness Families with support needs
- Older people with support needs
- People at risk of Domestic Violence
- People with a Physical or Sensory Disability
- People with Alcohol Problems
- People with Drug Problems
- People with Learning Difficulties
- People with Mental Health Problems
- Ex-Offenders and People at Risk of Offending
- Single Homeless with Support Needs
- Teenage Parents
- Young people at risk
Will I have to pay?
Short term help is free but there is a charge for long term help. If you receive housing benefit, you do not have to pay. If you are not in receipt of housing benefit but have a low income, we will carry out a financial assessment to see if you are eligible for help.
How do I get help from Supporting People?
If you are interested in Supporting People or you think you may benefit from a Supporting People funded scheme, contact the Supporting People team.
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