Supported Living

Supported living

Supported Living is an approach to supporting adults with a disability in their own home using a person centred support approach to enable you to live as independently as you can.

The principles of Supported Living:

  • You are involved in choosing who supports you.
  • Your support is focused on supporting you to increase and/or maintain your independent living skills at their maximum level.
  • Your support is flexible, increasing or reducing as your needs change on a day by day, hour by hour basis.
  • Supported Living can be used with you, with any level of need including complex needs, and if you require high levels of support on a long term basis.
  • Supported Living is appropriate for you if you want or need to live on your own or to share with others.
  • Providing shared support between a number of individuals within the same property or neighbouring properties.
  • Providing 24 hour care where you may have complex needs and have an assessed need for individual support.
  • Providing appropriate levels of support to develop or maintain independence using three levels of support, these levels are used with you for different tasks, and will change to match your mood, health and motivation on any given day:
    • Hands on, or hand over hand, where you do not have the skills or capacity to follow instructions.
    • Prompting, where you may have the skills and can follow instructions.
    • Monitoring, where you may have the skills and can independently complete tasks.

Information on options available that may be of interest or worth your consideration are:-

Shared Ownership

Shared ownership can be a very good way of helping people with support needs to buy their own home and choose where they live.

Shared Ownership means you partly own your home and someone else such as a Housing Association or a family member is the other part-owner, but you have the opportunity to buy a bigger share of your home as time goes by.

Advance. (A Housing Association, part of, Advance Housing and Support Ltd).

In 1996 Advance commissioned a study that explored the possibility of offering shared ownership for people with long-term disabilities, funded through the welfare benefits system. Despite the practical difficulties involved, we decided to take on this challenge, and the first shared owner received the keys to their own home in 1998. The scheme has proved very successful and we now have about 600 shared owners across the country. Our work is concentrated in central, southern and western England. You can find out more about Advance here.

You may also need the advice of a specialist mortgage broker; Advance works closely with My Safe Home. You can find out more about My Safe Home here.


Another way for people to be able to exercise choice over where they live, is to have a tenancy with a landlord. That landlord can be a private landlord or a Housing Association / social housing provider, such as Solihull Community Housing referred to on this page.

One housing association which specialises in renting and sub letting to people with learning disabilities is Golden Lane Housing. You can find a link to Golden Lane to learn more about their work, here.

Organisations you may find helpful

Learning Disability England

The Housing and Support Alliance has changed name and is now called Learning Disability England.

Learning Disability England is bringing together self-advocates, families, professionals and academics alongside our organisational members to create a strong voice for all of us. We will have a new website soon! You can join us at The LDE wants to create more choice and control for people with learning disabilities over where they live and how they are supported.

It is a national charity and membership organisation working with people with learning disabilities, families, advocacy organisations, housing and support providers and commissioners.

National Development Team for Inclusion 

Our work always focuses on wider life outcomes. We want to ensure that disabled and older people have the same life opportunities as their fellow citizens: paid work, a place of their own to live, fulfilling personal relationships and the chance to contribute to their community. We protect equal rights in law and practice, with support if necessary.

Visit National Development Team for Inclusion for more information

Solihull Community Housing

Solihull Community Housing can provide information and advice about a range of housing services, such as:

  • finding a home
  • paying your Solihull Community Housing rent
  • Solihull Community Housing repairs
  • anti-social behaviour
  • maintaining your Solihull Community Housing home
  • the right to buy your Solihull Community Housing
  • renting a Solihull Community Housing garage

You can contact Solihull Community Housing online or please call 0121 717 1515.

The Disabilities Trust

The Disabilities Trust is a leading national charity, providing innovative care, rehabilitation and support solutions for people with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities as well as children and adults with autism.


Professor Gerry Simon set up BILD in 1971 because he was convinced there could be better support in the community for people with disabilities. We’ve been championing the rights of people with disabilities ever since.

BILD uses its skills, knowledge and experience to turn policy into practice, solve problems and improve support. In working with Government departments, local authorities, health trusts, service providers and mainstream organisations, our aim is to improve the quality of the lives of people with disabilities.

In Control 

In control are a national charity working for an inclusive society where everyone has the support they need to live a good life and make a valued contribution. We operate as an extensive network and 'community for change' that aims to:

  • Work directly with people who need support, and with their families to provide them with the knowledge, power and tools to take control of their lives
  • Influence and improve the delivery of self-directed support
  • Develop and test new innovative ways for people to be in control of their lives
  • Measure the impact of self-directed support and personal budgets on people's lives


Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Our challenge, alongside people with a learning disability and their families, is to make this world a reality.

Visit Mencap for more information.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is part of the Mental Health Foundation, which is a charity.

We work with:

  • people with learning disabilities
  • families
  • carers
  • local authorities
  • service providers
  • We help to make things better for people with learning disabilities

Our office is in London but we work with people all over the United Kingdom and sometimes in other countries too.