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  • What is Supporting People?

    The Supporting People (SP) Programme is a flagship Welsh Government programme that supports more than 60,000 people each year to live as independently as they can. SP services play a crucial role in preventing homelessness in Wales, and in enabling people to manage their own lives and live confidently in safe, secure homes.

  • Who benefits from Supporting People services?

    Supporting People funds a variety of services to support a wide range of people, including people at risk of homelessness; families fleeing domestic abuse; people dealing with mental or physical health problems; people with learning disabilities; ex-service personnel; care leavers; and older people in need of support.

    The programme also has wider benefits and delivers remarkable value for money. By providing high quality support to vulnerable people, SP services often help to avoid hospitalisation and homelessness, minimise the need for high cost interventions and reduce pressure on statutory services such as health, social care and the criminal justice system. 

  • How long has the Supporting People Programme been running?

    The Supporting People Programme came into existence in April 2003, and has had a major impact in preventing homelessness and enabling vulnerable people to remain living independently in the community. In 2010, Professor Sir Mansel Aylward of Public Health Wales led a review of the programme, which ultimately resulted in a shift from two separate funding streams (Supporting People Revenue Grant and Supporting People Grant) to one unified grant named the Supporting People Programme Grant.

  • How is the Supporting People Programme delivered?

    The Supporting People Programme is overseen by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. The Supporting People National Advisory Board (SPNAB) brings together representatives from across different policy areas to provide advice to the Minister. Regional Collaborative Committees (RCCS) bring together stakeholders at a regional level. Their role is to make recommendations to the Welsh Government on Supporting People spending in their region. Regional Provider Forums are facilitated by Cymorth Cymru and provide an opportunity for RCC provider reps to consult with providers in the region on RCC agenda items. See our SP Governance page for more information.

  • What is Cymorth’s role in relation to Supporting People?

    Cymorth participates in all Supporting People working groups and we represent providers’ views in each of these, communicating with our members through regular updates.

    Regional Provider Forums are facilitated by Cymorth Cymru and provide an opportunity for RCC provider reps to consult with providers in the region on RCC agenda items.

    In addition, Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru hold a joint quarterly forum which allows provider and landlord reps to come together to share issues/best practice.

    Cymorth also plays a key role in raising awareness of the benefits of SP services and campaigning for the continued protection of SP funding. We do this through building effective relationships with Welsh Government and through public facing awareness campaigns.

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