Supporting People

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Supporting People is a programme that funds housing related support services. To get help from Supporting People, a person would need to speak to someone like their care manager or health worker. This person would then decide if Supporting People help is needed, and if it is will complete a referral form.

The Supporting People team at the Isle of Wight Council are responsible for the commissioning and monitoring of housing related support services on the Isle of Wight. Providers of support services vary; some are housing associations, registered charities and advice agencies. Providers are paid to provide housing related support to people on behalf of the Council.

Services can be accommodation based, for example hostel accommodation and refuges where support is provided on site to residents, or they can be floating support services where a support worker goes to a person's home to support them. 

Services provided are housing related support which can include:

  • Assistance in claiming benefits.
  • Help with sustaining a tenancy.
  • Help with neighbour issues.
  • Help with the safety and security of your home.
  • Help with learning domestic/social skills.
  • Advice on home improvements.
  • Support with moving to independent accommodation.

People who are vulnerable may be able to get housing related support this includes:

  • Homeless people.
  • Older people.
  • Young people at risk. 
  • People who are blind, partially sighted or hard of hearing.
  • Teenage parents.
  • People escaping domestic violence.
  • People with a drug or alcohol problem.
  • People with learning or physical disabilities.
  • People who have recently come out of prison.
  • People with a mental health problem.