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Supporting People FAQ

Why do we need to 'Keep on Supporting People?

Eileen Patterson discusses Fold Housing Association’s floating support service and why it is crucial to ensure people can live independently:

Michael Abiona discusses the importance of Supporting People and how it has impacted on his life:

What does the Supporting People Programme do?

Triangle- Accommodation in the Community

Introduced in 2003 across the UK, Supporting People equips 26,000 vulnerable people in Northern Ireland to live independently and with dignity in the community. Supporting People funding also underpins most of the care and support services provided by local housing associations and their wide range of charitable and statutory partners.

Supporting People funds housing related support services that a landlord (such as a housing association for example) or other provider such as a voluntary organisation can provide. Support means advice and help to make it easier for vulnerable people to maintain their independence in their home or to develop the skills to do so.

People can receive support in a hostel, sheltered housing or other types of supported living. Support can also be provided to people in their own homes through floating support services. This can include:

  • someone to support people to manage their money and pay their bills;
  • a warden or scheme manager who is there in case people need help;
  • someone who helps people to live independently;
  • someone who helps people learn how to follow the rules in their tenancy agreement; and
  • someone who provides advice or assistance on a range of housing related matters.
Who does the Supporting People Programme support?

Supporting people provides support to the following groups:

Client Group Percentage Spend (%) Number of Units
Homeless People

21.4

2,862

People with a Learning Disability

21.3

1,365

People with Mental Health issues

16.8

1,606

Older people

14.3

7,400

Women at risk of Domestic Violence

6.5

1,191

Young people (leaving care or homeless)

5.1

710

Alcohol/substance dependency

5.5

359

Physical or sensory disability

4.2

557

Offenders or People at risk of Offending

4.0

243

Other Vulnerable People

0.9

161

NIHE Breakdown of the Supporting People Budget

The following table shows a breakdown for each NIHE area in 2013/14:

NIHE Area Number of Schemes Value
Antrim 20 sheltered and supported housing schemes and a small number of floating support services

£1.62 million

Ards 27 sheltered and supported housing schemes, and four floating support services

£1.043 million

Armagh 17 sheltered and supported housing schemes and three floating support services

£1.874 million

Ballymena 27 sheltered and supported housing schemes and three floating support services

£2.6 million

Ballymoney 14 sheltered and supported housing schemes and one floating support service

£658k

Banbridge 17 sheltered and supported housing schemes and one floating support service

£925k

Belfast 206 sheltered and supported housing schemes and 20 floating support services

£20.6 million

Carrickfergus 23 sheltered and supported housing schemes

£1.02 million

Castlereagh 30 sheltered and supported housing schemes

£1.4 million

Coleraine 27 sheltered and supported housing schemes and three floating support services

£2.31 million

Cookstown nine sheltered and supported housing schemes and one floating support service

£751k

Craigavon 31 sheltered and supported housing schemes and one locally based floating support service

£2.219 million

Derry/Londonderry 59 sheltered and supported housing schemes and nine floating support services

£7.473 million

Down 27 sheltered and supported housing schemes, and four floating support services

£2.356 million

Dungannon and South Tyrone 11 sheltered and supported housing schemes and 2 floating support services

£902k

Fermanagh 19 sheltered and supported housing schemes and six floating support services

£1.567 million

Larne 13 sheltered and supported housing schemes

£660k

Limavady eight sheltered and supported housing schemes

£294k

Lisburn 40 sheltered and supported housing schemes and a floating support service

£2.374 million

Magherafelt 13 sheltered and supported housing schemes and a small number floating support services

£950k

Moyle nine sheltered and supported housing schemes and one floating support service

£294k

Newry and Mourne 32 sheltered and supported housing schemes and three floating support services

£3.114 million

Newtownabbey 29 sheltered and supported housing schemes and a small number of floating support services

£1 million

North Down 47 sheltered and supported housing schemes, and four floating support services

£4.204 million

Omagh 24 sheltered and supported housing schemes and three floating support services

£2.617 million

Strabane 12 sheltered and supported housing schemes and no floating support services

£441k

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