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Whitmore Vale - Providing services for adults with learning difficulties


Supported Living is the term given by Local Authorities to encompass a range of services designed to help disabled people retain their independence in their local community.
It is about individuals:

  • Living in their own home
  • Making choices about their life
  • Getting support to live the way they want to.

People in supported living get to make their own decisions about how they want to live and get help with managing their home. Some of the benefits of supported living include:

  • It provides a proper home for people to live in.
  • It offers more choice for people.
  • It gives people more responsibility to live independently.
  • It can be matched more closely to what people need.
  • It uses local housing and services so people can live close to their family and friends.

Supporting People

Supporting People is a Government scheme that started in April 2003. It aims to support people in their own homes so that they can lead more independent lives. Surrey has a Supporting People team who pay providers like Whitmore Vale Housing Association for the support services that they offer. The team also monitors the services provided.

The Supporting People programme aims to help vulnerable people to have a more independent, better quality of life, by planning and funding Housing Related Support services.

Housing Related Support

Housing related support aims to help people to learn to, and continue to, live as independently as possible in their home and to maintain this independence.

This includes:

  • Budgeting and managing finances
  • Claiming welfare benefits
  • Safety and security of the home
  • Move on aspirations
  • Setting up home and maintaining home
  • Personal safety and risk
  • Maintaining tenancy, including arrears prevention work
  • Mobility aids and adaptations
  • Physical health and hygiene
  • Emotional health and wellbeing and mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Family and Social contacts
  • Social and leisure interests
  • Training and employment
  • Cultural and faith needs
  • Housing need and recent history
  • Life skills
  • Debt advice
  • Referring and liaising to other statutory agencies