The council's Supporting People programme funds services which help vulnerable people to develop and maintain their capacity to live more independently in their home. This may be in a tenancy, as an owner-occupier, as a lodger or in another semi-independent living arrangement. Services are provided to a range of client groups including:
- older people
- homeless families with support needs
- people with mental health problems or learning disabilities
- vulnerable adults
- victims of domestic violence
- young people and care leavers
- people who misuse drugs or alcohol
- travellers and other excluded groups.
The support available includes:
- help with the security of the house such a reminding to look up, safe use of appliances, fire safety, controlling access
- practical support such as help arranging repairs, improvements, adaptations, completing forms, applying for benefit
- help with dealing with neighbour disputes
- resettlement activities and activities necessary to help move on to more independent living
- help accessing other support or community services
- help to find out about employment or training opportunities
- warden/scheme manager support in sheltered housing
- dealing with other professionals, family and neighbours and advocating on their behalf
- keeping an eye on the well being of individuals
- providing alarm systems to enable people to call for help in an emergency
- help with life skills such as cooking, budgeting, kitchen hygiene, food storage
Supporting People funding cannot cover personal care, such as washing and bathing, dressing and medical assistance.
Please see the Supporting People pages in the left hand menu and Related pages for more information about the Supporting People scheme, including information for service providers and service users, including how to make a referral for yourself or a client.
Housing support for tenants and leaseholders of Islington Council
Tenants and leaseholders can access impartial and confidential housing-related support through a partnership scheme with Single Homeless Project (SHP – a charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London).
Support offered includes:
- assistance in claiming benefits
- managing money
- offering practical assistance with the furnishing your home
- support through conflicts with neighbours
- help to obtain work and improve employability by taking part in education and training workshops
- help and general life skills to aid health and well-being
- information and advice on accessing local services and amenities
- assist with putting you in touch with cultural and religious organisations
- providing resettlement support when a client signs up or transfers to a new property
- referrals to more tailored external support services as required.
If you wish to refer yourself to this service, or access and/or download the referral form, please visit the SHP website.