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Please see below for the latest news from the Pembrokeshire Supporting People Team:

Latest News Summer 2013

Domestic Abuse Floating Support

The Domestic Abuse Floating Support Service was evaluated during 2012 and although the exercise was very positive it clearly evidenced the need for increased provision. As a result the Supporting People Planning Group decided to significantly increase the capacity of the service to reduce waiting list numbers and length of wait for the service.

The contract was tendered during Autumn 2012 and the exercise resulted in the contract being awarded to Gwalia Care & Support. The service now supports approximately 28 service users at any one time and operates a minimal waiting list. If you would like to refer to the service, please call 01646 698820, or e-mail sharon.court@gwalia.com

Substance Misuse Supported Accommodation (Northgate) & Floating Support

Following discussions with key stakeholders the Supporting People Planning Group decided that the Northgate House Supported Accommodation project and the Substance Misuse Floating Support Service should be merged to ensure effective use of funding and improved continuity of support.

The contract for the re-modelled project was tendered during Autumn 2012 and the exercise resulted in the contract being awarded to CAIS. CAIS are a registered charity and voluntary sector provider of drug and alcohol services in Wales. CAIS are new to Pembrokeshire but the skills and experience they bring with them are welcome. If you would like to refer to the service, please call 01437 766299 or 07436037765(Jon Brewer) or email jonathan.brewer@cais.org.uk  or leigh.proctor@cais.org.uk 

HIV/Aids Floating Support Service

Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils recently commissioned a short term demonstrator project to work with those affected by HIV/Aids within our areas. The project has been very successful and evidenced the need for a specialist housing related support service in the long term. In order to ensure efficiency, flexibility and effectiveness the Supporting People Planning Groups in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire decided to merge the Pembrokeshire/Ceredigion demonstrator project with the established Carmarthenshire project and commission the project for a further period of 12 months. The project will be evaluated during this 12 month period and the evaluation report will inform future commissioning of the service. If you would like to refer to the service, please call 01792 461 848.

Regional Collaborative Committee (RCC)

The new Supporting People governance structure has brought about the introduction of six welsh regions, each with its own Regional Collaborative Committee. Pembrokeshire finds itself within the Mid and West region with our partners Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys. The Mid and West Wales Regional Collaborative Committee (RCC) provides advice to the four local authorities within the region and other stakeholders, and through the Supporting People National Advisory Board (SPNAB), to the Welsh Ministers on regional and local collaborative delivery of the Supporting People Programme to ensure the most efficient and effective services are delivered.

The Mid and West Wales RCC is comprised of provider and landlord representatives, health and probation representatives, Supporting People Lead Officers and Heads of Housing Departments, Local Members, the Regional Development Co-ordinator, and Service User representatives.

Regional Development Coordinator

Arabella Owen was recruited as the Mid and West Wales Regional Development Co-ordinator, and commenced in November 2012 for a period of two years. Employed by Pembrokeshire County Council (the Coordinating Local Authority), and based in Pembrokeshire, her key responsibilities include:

Local Commissioning Plan (LCP)

Supporting People Operational Plans have been replaced with three year Local Commissioning Plans. The 2013-16 Local Commissioning Plan is available here . All of the project proposals that feature in the current LCP have been realised, at least in part. Though the plan is a three year plan it is updated annually and the Supporting People Planning Group are in the process of developing project proposals for inclusion as part of the next update. If anyone has any commissioning or re-modelling suggestions please contact the Supporting People Team who will be happy to discuss any suggestions you may have. In order for a proposal to feature within the updated LCP, it must be submitted to the SP team by Friday 19th July to enable proposals to be appropriately consulted on before the updated LCP is presented to Cabinet for approval in October.

Supporting People Team in Pembrokeshire

The team previously consisted of a Lead Officer, a Planning Officer and a Contract Monitoring & Review Officer but the structure has recently been updated and a new staff member has been appointed (Jane Thompson) The team now consists of a Supporting People Lead Officer (Ian Randell), two Supporting People Officers (Danielle Busby and Jane Thompson) and the Regional Development Co-ordinator (Arabella Owen).

Updated directory of services

The Directory of Services has recently been updated to capture any new services and any changes brought about by re-modelling.

Supporting People Team / Tim Cefnogi Pobl
Pembrokeshire County Council / Cyngor Sir Penfro
County Hall / Neuadd y Sir
Haverfordwest / Hwlfordd
SA61 1TP
Tel: 01437 764551


Email: supporting.people@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

ID: 21430   Revised: 2/12/2013

Related Links

Ten Year Homelessness Plan for Wales
Independent Review of the Supporting People Programme in Wales: Final Report


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