Living Independently

Last modified 14/06/2017 04:00:35


If you cannot stay with your foster carer, parents or a family member - there are several different places you could move to. This may result in moving to a place of your own. Although this is a big leap, and at first living independently may seem difficult or a scary prospect - learning to do things such as budgeting to pay bills, cooking, cleaning and washing before this happens will give you the experience needed when the time comes to live on your own.


You could move into supported accommodation. This is where you have your own room in a shared property or in a block of flats or bedsit with other young people and a key worker who will help you to manage your bills like rent, electricity and food.

You may in certain circumstances be considered for your own flat with a housing association, you could also get a flat from a private landlord, however - this can be a very expensive option. Again, you will need to know as much about living on your own as possible to ensure you have a good idea of what to expect.

This can include learning about the following examples 

  • What bills you are responsible for, when they are due and how to pay them
  • General chores - cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Budgeting your money for food, utility bills, clothes and social activities
  • Finances - for example how to set up a direct debit / standing order 

Your social worker and personal advisor will help you to think about and decide what is the best option for you. It's important to talk to your social worker or personal advisor about anything you don't understand or are worried about so it can be sorted out quickly. 


 If you have any questions or would like to Speak to us about anything else please do get in touch.