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The Supporting People (SP) programme provides nearly 900 housing related support services across NI, and allow more than 20000 vulnerable people - including the elderly, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness -  to live independently, preventing problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness.


However, funding for SP schemes has been frozen for seven years, a ‘real terms’ cut of over 20%. Help safeguard 26,000 vulnerable people by joining the campaign for SP to remain a properly funded, dedicated housing support programme. Read more below…

If you have a specific query, don’t hesitate to contact us:



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Kathy Maguire

Youth Officer

Amanda Stewart

Youth Participation Co-ordinator

0782 542 9178  

Lyndsey Mann

Youth Participation Co-ordinator

0782 542 9388  



Telephone:

02890 246 440



Central Office (Belfast)

4th Floor,  Andras House,

60 Great Victoria St,  

Belfast, BT2 7BB.

Mail: kathy@chni.org.uk?subject=query (from chni website) Mail: amanda@chni.org.uk?subject=query (from chni website) Mail: lyndsey@chni.org.uk?subject=query (from chni website)

CRISPP is the strategic group for representatives of providers funded by Supporting People (SP). The group seeks to represent the sector and lobby politicians and SP on their behalf. It is comprised of representatives from the voluntary sector, Housing Associations and private organisations. CRISPP is jointly chaired by CHNI and NIFHA.


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We’ve set up a 'fighting fund' with a preliminary donation from NIFHA of £2000. CHNI have also donated, and are proposing that its members make an initial contribution of £250. Funds will be used to continue to engage Weber Shadwick in the delivery of the campaign. All donations, no matter what size, are welcomed.  Queries / contributions, click here.

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Mail: cwatt@nifha.org?subject=SP campaign funds (query from chni site)

SP page / website queries:

CHNI

phone: 90246 440

email


campaign queries:

NI Federation of Housing Associations

phone:  028 9023 0446

email

WHAT IS SP?

SP funds more than 880 housing related support services, delivered by 106 organisations, across Northern Ireland and acts as a crucial safety net to vulnerable and marginalised people in Northern Ireland. It enables them to live independently, improves their quality of life, and helps prevent problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness. The programme is administered by the Housing Executive (NIHE).


Research has demonstrated that it is an ‘invest to save’ programme delivering net financial benefits by reducing demand on health, criminal justice and other public services.


The current issue

However, funding for SP schemes has been frozen for seven years, a ‘real terms’ cut of over 20%. SP is also currently subject to a government review, and without strong measures in place to protect services, there is a distinct danger that those in most need may lose out.


This will severely affect the quality of life for 20,000 vulnerable and marginalised people and may remove a vital safety net that ensures their well-being and independence. This, in turn, will result in a greater cost burden on other public spending, despite empirical evidence of the programme’s impact. In addition, the NIHE Homelessness Strategy, launched in April, will be effectively undeliverable.

21.4%

£125m

£1 : £1.90

£763m

880+

20,000+

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

SP SERVICES ACROSS N. IRELAND

LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN, BELOW

GET INVOLVED

Over the next couple of weeks we hope you may be able to help support and promote the campaign. There are a number of ways you could do this.




order a 

campaign board

make use of campaign imagery

get active on Facebook

get active on Twitter

get filming!

involve local representatives

contact the press

raise funds / donate

We appreciate all your support and hard work. Let’s keep on Supporting People!

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

NEWS & INFO

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Supporting People funds more than 880 services across NI, allowing vulnerable people to improve their quality of life and attain independence.

* According to “the financial benefits of the sp programme in N.Ireland”, published by the Centre for Economic Empowerment (2014), SP saves the public purse £125m per year, which means for every £1 spent, there is a saving of £1.90

Every £1 spent on SP services saves the public purse £1.90*.

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WEBER SHADWICK CONTACT DETAILS

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VIDEO & AUDIO

Elisha McCallion MP (Sinn Féin) Twitter post, 18 August


(https://twitter.com/DerrySinnFein/status/898632310194556928)

OTHER NEWS

27 Nov 2017

We are in a homeless crisis says Simon Community NI Chief Executive - View Digital read here

30 Nov 2017

LISTEN ¦ Homelessness reaches far further than just rough sleeping - hear Ricky Rowledge of CHNI speak with Frank Mitchell on U105 - Listen here

29 Oct 2017

Take 3 minutes to watch this video illustrating the support available to homelessness young people in Roseville House - watch here

CALENDAR OF SP ROADSHOW EVENTS

SP CAMPAIGN IMAGERY (zip file)

SP ROADSHOW EVENTS

SP Overview (doc), click here

CAMPAIGN TWITTER PAGE

CAMPAIGN FACEBOOK FEED

SP is a flagship Government programme that helps more than 20,000 people in N.Ireland people each year to live independently and helps prevent problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness. It provides a crucial safety net to vulnerable and marginalised people.  We know that for every £1 spent in SP schemes saves £1.90 for other public services. This is a real 'invest to save' programme.


Our challenge. SP schemes face a very real financial challenge and an uncertain future. In August, the coalition came together to back the Let's Keep on Supporting People campaign which successfully secured a one-off £2.6m allocation for the programme. Core funding for it has been frozen for almost a decade and providers are encountering unavoidable financial pressures: the funding freeze is causing major problems. Without an appropriate budget increase, the quality and range of services provided to 20,000 vulnerable and marginalised people will be reduced.


Our ask. The SP budget requires an urgent increase through monitoring rounds or in the overall Departmental budget. Ideally, there should be a commitment for funding to be adjusted for inflationary uplifts and ring-fenced for five years. We're calling publicly for this to happen to ensure that SP schemes are adequately resourced. If we are serious about ending homelessness and ensuring there is adequate care and protection for all in society, then boosting SP is the best place to start.