Cadwyn Housing Association is backing the ‘Let’s Keep on Supporting People’ campaign to shine the spotlight on the importance of the Welsh Government’s Supporting People (SP) Programme which supports 60,000 vulnerable people in Wales every year.
Campaign organisers, Community Housing Cymru and Cymorth Cymru, backed by Cadwyn are urging Welsh Government to protect and ring fence this budget in the draft budget expected in October.
The Supporting People Programme funds housing related support services that a landlord (such as a housing association) 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.
The SP Programme is a preventative service that makes a real difference to those who benefit from it, increasing their resilience to cope with the shocks, stresses and uncertainties in their lives and reducing demand on the health, social care and criminal justice systems.
Examples of those helped include victims of domestic abuse, those with learning difficulties or mental health needs, people who have suffered a traumatic experience, care leavers, people threatened with homelessness, and older people in need of support.
Lisa Pritchard, a tenant who we’ve previously supported said ” We were in a really bad place, my support worker gave me upport, encouragement and had faith in me. I don’t use drugs or alcohol any more, my mental health is good. I’m in university now and my family’s future is brighter than ever before. My support worker saved our lives.