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Help to move or furnish your home (Supporting Independence Scheme)
The Supporting Independence Scheme (SIS) replaced the Community Care Grant element of the Social Fund from 1 April 2013
This scheme complements the Crisis Support Scheme (CSS) which provides food, fuel and clothing to clients who have suffered a crisis or disaster.
The SIS is available to help people on low incomes to:
- resettle in the community following a stay in an institution
- remain in the community rather than enter an institution
- set up home in the community, as part of a planned resettlement programme, following an unsettled way of life
- maintain their independence (families)
People are not able to apply directly to the scheme, and need to apply through a designated support agency, who will make the application via the Newcastle Gateway. This is because, at present, the majority of successful applications are supported, and people are more likely to remain independent with this support. The current list of SIS referral agencies for Newcastle is below:
- Adult Social Care (including hospital social workers and specialist services)
- Children's Social Care (including 16+ Team, Youth D'n'A Team and YOT)
- Housing Advice Centre
- Community Mental Health Teams
- Council-funded accommodation or floating support providers
- Your Homes Newcastle Advice and Support Workers
- Other teams identified as providing appropriate resettlement or sustainment support
The SIS will cover the provision of basic household items that would enable people to access or maintain independence - for example beds, cookers, fridges or removal costs. The actual value of awards will depend on the needs and financial situation of applicants. A full list of items available and eligibility criteria is available below.
Ultimately, the SIS should prevent people from reaching a crisis point in their life, and we will provide training to support agencies to help achieve this goal. We will also monitor the success of the SIS in terms of how many people remain independent three months after an award has been received.
Supporting Independence Scheme - a replacement for Community Care Grants (PDF, 393.09 KB)
Supporting Independence Scheme - eligibility criteria and permitted items (PDF, 98.59 KB)
Supporting Independence Scheme - leaflet (pdf, 239kb)
Alternative forms of assistance - leaflet (pdf, 116kb)
Did you know?
If you qualify for the scheme the Supporting Independence Scheme (SIS) can help to either provide new essential household items such as cookers, fridges and washing machines or can replace these items if they have broken.
Need more information?
The Supporting Independence Scheme is run by the Active Inclusion Newcastle (AIN) Unit in Newcastle City Council. For information or advice on making an application, you can contact the AIN Unit on 0191 277 1707 or email@example.com.