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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.


Funding for the SP programme has been cut by 5%, which will see services closed and vulnerable people at risk of losing a vital safety net. Join the coalition calling on the NI Executive to protect and strengthen the SP 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

The NIHE has implemented a 5% reduction in annual funding allocation across SP schemes. The funding reduction is likely to result in the closure of many services, and the viability of other critical services is at risk, with thousands of support hours being lost.


The loss of funding across these services 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

A coalition of charities and voluntary organisations, including CHNI, is calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to immediately reinstate the funding. In addition, we believe there must be a commitment for funding to adjusted for inflationary uplifts and ring-fenced for five years. This will enable time for a strategic remodelling of the programme. We also believe it is crucial that the NIHE works in partnership with delivery agents to develop a strategy and vision for the £73m per annum programme. .


This campaign - initiated by CHNI, CRISPP and its membership - seeks to secure the continued protection of vulnerable people by keeping SP as a properly funded, dedicated housing support programme.


The campaign is being designed and supported by Weber Shadwick, one of the world's leading global public relations firms.

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

13 Oct 2017

Inside Housing - NI government in talks with association over supported housing schemes - read here

18 Oct 2017

Larne Times (online): Charities calling for 'Supporting People' funding to be maintained in east Antrim  - read here

13 Oct 2017

Mid Ulster Mail (online):  - Calls for re-think on planned cuts to 'Supporting People' scheme - read 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