Support plan for vulnerable

THE County Council is launching its first-ever comprehensive housing support plan for vulnerable and older people – and it wants your views.

Many adults need support to live comfortably and safely, whether in their own homes or supported accommodation.

The aim is to work with partner organisations to deliver services which make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

In many cases this means people remaining in their own homes with personalised support.

Views are needed from interested organisations and individuals. The consultation last 12 weeks and closes on September 11.

To take part go to eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation or call 01273 481 565 or email: consultationASC@eastsussex.gov.uk

Many different groups need support which means the county is working with partners in district and borough councils, Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust; East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership and the NHS.

Vulnerable groups include:

r Older people;

r People with mental health issues;

r Young people, including parents;

r People with multiple needs;

r People with a learning disability.

r People at risk of domestic violence;

r People with a physical or sensory disability.

Some of the things which can be provided include:

r Specialist developments such as Extra Care housing or housing with onsite support;

r Support workers visiting someone in their own home called floating housing support services;

r Community alarms and Telecare (emergency telephone system);

r Property adaptations and safety improvements.

Following public consultation the final ‘Supported Housing and Housing Support Strategy’ will be launched in Autumn 2012, covering the next five years.