Living independently means having the right support to do things when and how you want, leading to greater choice and control in directing your own life.

As you get older, you will need to begin living life more independently. That doesn't mean that you will have to give up help from family, friends and organisations, but rather, being able to make decisions about your life and how you live it.

Independence will look different for everyone, but it's important to plan ahead to make sure everything is in place to let you live your life with confidence and the support needed to succeed.

Working toward independence can involve making changes to many parts of your life, and theses changes will need to happen gradually, maybe over a number of years, to make sure you have everything you need to stay healthy and happy.


Below you will find information and resources to help you to find your way through life.

Transitioning to Adult Care

Until the age of 18, your care is provided by the Local Authorities' Child Health and Social Care Services. On your 18th birthday, you will move to the care of Adult services. this may seem sudden, but planning for this change should start when you are around 13 years old. In this section, we have collected resources and links to organissations who can help you to make sure your care is not interrupted by the transition.

Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Information and resources about education, training and apprenticeships in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

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