Latest News Floating Support Christmas Appeal Christmas is usually a time of laughter, love, shopping and indulgence but for some it is the opposite. Especially for some Older people who may be struggling to pay rent, gain employment, are feeling down and lonely. Especially with the Covid restrictions in place for some it is a very stressful time of the year where some people are struggling to get out to get their shopping or for some cant even afford it, swallowed up in debt and worry and have no-one to turn to. Our new floating support service will help older people across the Moyle, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards area. The new service will help anyone aged 55 and over. Service users receive ‘housing related support’, enabling them to develop independent living skills to maintain their tenancy and prevent homelessness, like the existing Regional Floating Support Service. The type of support you would receive includes: · Support to ensure service users are in receipt of all benefit entitlements · Budget/Debt Management · Accessing social/recreational activities · Adaptations and repairs · Tenancy rights/responsibilities and disputes · Home safety · Home management skills · Access to health/medical facilities The Older FS Scheme is a short-term funded service, meaning service users may receive support from a few weeks, up to a maximum of two years. How do I Apply? The service can be accessed through referral from the following: Allied professionals from the Health and Social Care Trusts The Northern Ireland Housing Executive Housing Associations GP Practices other voluntary/community-based bodies Individuals needing ‘housing related’ support may also self-refer. For more information T: 028 90461834 E: [email protected] Cedars Older People Floating Support Service is funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executives Supporting People Programme.