So, what is it?
Housing Support offers vulnerable people the opportunity to improve their quality of life. It helps people live independently in the community and provides a stable environment for those who need it most.
Who exactly delivers Housing Support?
It's delivered through housing support workers, or through scheme managers in sheltered housing.
What kind of support is included?
It's all about getting support in your own home to help you live more independently, including:
Support to access to training and employment.
Help with identifying benefits and completing forms.
Getting to know the area you live in and support to get involved.
Training in life skills such as budgeting, healthy eating and well being.
Regular visits from a scheme manager.
A community alarm such as a lifeline telephone.
Social or personal care is not included, such as bathing, giving out medication and nursing care.
How much do I have to pay?
Nothing if you get full Housing Benefit, or partial Housing Benefit. Your support charge will be paid by the County Council. Short term services (typically less than two years) are provided without a charge.
How is it paid?
The County Council will pay the cost of any services you receive direct to your support provider. If you are a leaseholder we may pay the cost direct to you.
How can I get more information?
Your support provider should be able to answer any questions you have, but you can also contact the Older People & Prevention Team.