Independent Living

Housing options for young people   supported housing logo

Is your son or daughter is thinking about moving out and living independently?  Here’s an overview of the different kinds of housing options for young people in Cambridgeshire, written by the county council. Support Living Options for Young Adults updated Nov 2017

Housing and independent living information from Cambridgeshire County Council can be viewed here.

Visit our housing page for details about:

  • getting on the local council housing register – you must be 16 to apply
  • housing adaptations and funding help such as the Disabled Facilities Grant.

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Thinking about future arrangements and finances for someone you care for can be daunting. The organisations below are good starting points.

Mencap offers free Planning for the Future sessions for parents and carers as well as guides and books that offer information about writing wills and setting up trusts.

To find out more, visit the charity’s wills and trust webpage

Thera Trust

Thera Trust also offers practical advice and support to adults with a learning disability (and their families) to live the lives they choose.

It’s Safe and Secure book has been written to help families and will:

  • Inspire you to face your fears and plan for the future of your relative when you are no longer around.
  • Help you to be sure that your wishes, dreams and desires for your relative can shape their future.
  • Guide you through the process of making sure that your relative will always have people around them that know and care about them.
  • Help you to make a plan for your relative’s legal and financial security, along with practical tips about how to put these in place.

Find out more about future planning on the Thera Trust website

When family support is no longer available ...

National disability sense is campaigning for better long term support for adults with disabilities – saying 75% don’t have plans in place for when family support is no longer available.

To help family carers make plans, it has produced a toolkit called Decisions to Make, suggesting steps to take about future care.

Download a copy here

Together Matters guide

Together Matters is a small organisation built on the belief that talking and working together help to make better things happen in the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

Its guide aims to  support families in talking about, and planning for, the future.

You can download a copy to read, save to your computer or print. An easy read guide is also available, plus an editable one that can be personalised.

Shared lives schemes

Shared lives schemes support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or other needs that make it harder for them to live on their own.

The schemes match someone who needs care with an approved carer. The carer shares their family and community life, and gives care and support to the person with care needs. Some people move in with their shared lives carer, while others are regular daytime visitors. Some combine daytime and overnight visits. Shared lives schemes are available across the country and are an alternative to traditional kinds of care, such as care homes.

The schemes are also known as adult placements.

Sharing a home, family and community life with a shared lives carer lets you get to know and bond with the carer.

Before starting the scheme, you have the chance to get to know the shared lives carer and decide whether you want to spend time together.

People sometimes use a shared lives scheme as a way of learning the skills they need to live independently and to help them put down roots in the area or community before moving into a place of their own.

To read more about the scheme follow this link.

Find your local shared lives services