Supported Living

Is supported housing at risk?

Matthew Eddisford reports on looming threats to the future of supported housing. Late last year the Government launched its consultation on the future funding of supported housing. Prior to the launch, housing associations were crying out for clarity on these funding arrangements to enable them to plan for the future with some certainty and address unmet demand for supported housing.…

Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

Can we learn from the past?

We are in danger of repeating our mistakes, says Rosemary Trustam. We are now seeing institutions disguised as community housing and private equity companies that call themselves care companies. Do we ever learn? she asks. As each week passes we continue to hear heartrending stories about Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs).…

Does supported living help people get better lives? asks Alicia Wood, CEO, Housing & Support Alliance

Well, yes and no. Supported living is a concept that says people with learning disabilities should determine their own lives, choose who they live with and where. The concept is straightforward and achievable if you start with a person or a group of friends who want to live together.…

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