Supporting People

What does it do?

This government programme launched in April 2003 aims to ensure housing related support services provided to vulnerable people are of good quality and offer value for money. It is responsible for providing the Warden element of Sheltered Housing.

Supporting People services are targeted at people who are homeless, people with mental health problems and/or substance misuse problems, people with learning difficulties, older people, young people, women fleeing domestic violence, ex-offenders and a number of other vulnerable groups.

People may be living in their own homes - sometimes owner-occupiers, but are typically tenants of housing associations, councils or private landlords. Some live in specialist accommodation such as a hostel, a refuge, sheltered housing, or in supported lodgings.

The services they receive may consist of a home visit for a short period each week, an on-site full time support worker or scheme co-ordinator, advice on home improvements and/or accessing a community alarm service. It can be permanently attached to a particular tenancy or property or be 'floated' in and out in accordance with the changing needs of particular individuals. The support provided includes a wide range of activities such as assistance with life skills, budgeting, and managing a tenancy.

Who it is for?

for older people

Where it is available?

Local service (Rutland).

How to access or apply for it:

For more information contact the Supporting People Team at Rutland County Council on 01572 722 577 or email


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