Supported living networks

This page tells you about having your own place near about 9 other people.This is when a group of disabled people live near each other, in their own homes, and get support from a volunteer who lives nearby. They also support each other. Some people get support from other places too.

The volunteer helps with things like budgeting, dealing with letters, and getting involved in the local community.

KeyRing is a charity that provides this kind of support. To find out more about them go to

What type of property is it?

People in the network usually rent from the council or a Housing Association, but you can still join if you rent privately or own your own home.

What is good about a support network?

There are some good things:

  • It focuses on people’s abilities.
  • It helps people get to know each other and make friends.
  • It helps people to be independent.
  • There is always someone close by in an emergency.
  • If you decide you don't want the support anymore, you don't have to move.

What is not so good about a support network?

There are some things that aren't so good:

  • Not everywhere has a network to join.
  • It might not give enough support.
  • There has to be a property in the right area.

How is it paid for?

People in a network pay their rent with housing benefit, or with their own money.

The support is paid for by Adult Social Care.
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