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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.

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

SP services play a crucial role in preventing homelessness in Wales, enabling people  to manage their own lives and live confidently in safe, secure homes.

The programme 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.   

In 2017, the Welsh Government announced they would protect the Supporting People Programme in cash terms for two years. However at the draft budget announced in December, it was made known that Supporting People funding will be merged in a year's time with a larger grant. This is something that Cymorth Cymru is hugely concerned about. Please contact us if you have any questions at all, at

  • Background

    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 resulted in 25 recommendations being made.

    Following the Aylward review there was 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.

    Over the course of 2011/12, Welsh Government, in collaboration with key partners (including Cymorth Cymru) developed guidance on the new structure of SP to provide practical advice and information to practitioners in this area.

    In 2014, a review of the SP structures was undertaken and a series of recommendations produced.

    Find out more about the structure and governance of the Supporting People Programme.

    Current proposals being examined include the merging of Supporting People with a larger grant, which Cymorth Cymru is strongly opposing.

  • Current issues

    Cymorth is represented on all Supporting People working groups and issues are fed back to all providers through our SP updates.

    ‘Let’s Keep on Supporting People’ campaign
    In 2015/16 the Supporting People budget has been cut by £10m. In response, Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru have launched the ‘Let’s Keep on Supporting People’ campaign to secure continued investment in the Supporting People Programme Grant and ensure that marginalised people at risk of housing crisis continue to be protected.

    Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved.

    Protecting the Supporting People ring-fence

    Cymorth Cymru is currently leading a campaign to maintain the ring-fence around the Supporting People Programme, due to be merged into a larger grant under current Welsh Government plans.

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Company Registration No: 5093332
Charity No: 1116774