What is Supporting People?
Supporting People is a funding programme from the National Assembly for Wales that pays for housing related support. The main aim is to help people live successfully and independently in settled accommodation within the community. Support should enable and empower people to cope as independently as possible. Assistance may include help to improve daily living skills, social interactions and community involvement, but focus on housing related issues.
Who Can Access Supporting People?
The Programme is available to any vulnerable person in Ceredigion who require a housing-related support service. Service Users must have, or secure as part of the service, an identified property which constitutes their sole or main residence and for which they have a legal right to occupy.
What is Housing-Related Support?
Services funded by Supporting People have a specific aim to prevent people becoming homeless or requiring residential institutional services, in that they are provided to meet the needs of people who have experienced or who would be threatened with homelessness in the absence of housing related support.
The services provided are designed to help people develop or maintain the skills and confidence necessary to live independently without support, or to maintain independent living with ongoing support.
These skills would be those that, if not performed adequately, would lead to a breakdown in the individuals' right or ability to continue living in that home. As examples;
- Offering people help with managing their budgets and assistance accessing services dealing with benefits, finances and legal issues so they don't accrue rent arrears and ultimately lose their home;
- Offering help to ensure people feel safe and secure in their home;
- Helping people to make and keep appointments, including going with them initially;
- Supporting people to gain access to other services they may need, including training, further education, employment, health and social activities;
- Assisting people in planning their weekly meals, shopping and food preparation (but not doing it for them);
- Assisting people to develop life skills that will help them cope better with daily living tasks;
- Supporting people with tenancy and housing issues, liaison with landlords, accessing advice and advocacy;
- Resettlement activities - pre and post tenancy assistance;
- Support with relationships and family, maintaining support networks and good neighbour relations and also promotion of good parenting skills; and
- Addressing homelessness issues and helping people to access accommodation.
A range of services are provided by Supporting People in Ceredigion and further details are available on these web pages.