New Housing Support Service launched

22/03/2011

New Housing Support Service launched A new housing support service for adults with physical or sensory disabilities has been launched for the northern sector of the Western Trust.

The service has been developed in partnership by the Housing Executive, the Supporting People Programme, the Western Trust and the Cedar Foundation to address the specific housing support needs of those with disability who are living in their own homes.

The service, which will be delivered by the Cedar Foundation, will be provided to those living within the Limavady, Londonderry and Strabane areas of the Western Trust. The service will seek to provide support and assistance to enable adults with a physical or sensory disability to live more independent lives.

This service development is part of a wider strategic review of housing support services, in partnership with the Western Trust which aims to ensure that there is a range of appropriate services to meet the needs of those who are vulnerable and living within the community.

The annual cost of the service is £109,000, received through the Supporting People fund which is managed by the Housing Executive.

Speaking at the launch of the new service Housing Executive Supporting People West Area Lead Officer, Louise Clarke, said: “The Housing Executive is delighted to be able to facilitate the introduction of this service. The Supporting People Programme has provided the opportunity to help vulnerable people throughout Northern Ireland to live independently. This housing support service will make a huge difference to the lives of people with physical and sensory disability.  It illustrates how Supporting People puts the needs of the person at the heart of service provision, matching support to individual client needs.”

Western Trust Director of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services, Trevor Millar added: “We are delighted to be involved in the extension of housing support services for adults with disabilities in the Western Area. This multiagency service development will help people with a physical, sensory or communication disability to develop and maintain independent living within their own communities. This service development will improve their lives by encouraging independence, providing the necessary support to maximise potential and supporting inclusiveness and engagement with the community.”

Stephen Mathews Chief Executive from the Cedar Foundation commented: “The development of this service is made possible as a result of the close partnership that has existed between Cedar the Western Trust and Supporting People. The service very much reflects our shared aspiration that people with disabilities should be able to live their lives to the full in the community, housing support is a key element in enabling this to happen”.

Encouraged by the introduction of the new floating housing support service, one service user said: “My confidence is growing and as a whole I am much more positive about my skills and abilities”.