The Supporting People Programme provides housing-related support to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible. This could be in people’s own homes or in hostels, sheltered housing, or other specialist supported housing. It provides complementary support for people who may also need personal or medical care.
Housing-related support is a front line support service which provides essential help with life skills such as managing a tenancy, dealing with other agencies and/or budgeting which are an important part of living independently. The programme provides £138 million of funding for around 50,000 vulnerable people across Wales. Supporting People is an ‘invest to save’ programme that often results in savings to other higher cost services including health, social care and criminal justice. For example, preventative services to vulnerable people reduce emergency hospital and residential care use and can also reduce the demand for costly long term adult social care services.