Resources

Here are some links to resources that may be helpful when setting up your own supported living house. If you find any others that are helpful, please let us know.

Planning for the future

Thinking Ahead Guides

These guides cover a range of issues to support you and your family to think and plan for the future. The guides offer information and advice as well as templates to support planning.
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/learning-disabilities/our-work/family-friends-community/thinking-ahead/thinking-ahead-introduction/

When I’m gone Guides

Sense is a charity that supports people with complex communication needs. They launched some research and a toolkit in 2018 about planning for the future. The toolkits include information and options as well as planning worksheets.
https://www.sense.org.uk/support-us/campaign/when-im-gone/

Home Ownership

Home Ownership for People with Long Term Disabilities (HOLD) uses a shared ownership model to make it easier for disabled people to own their own houses. This reduces the deposit and allows you to pay mortgage payments through housing benefit.

My Safe Home

MySafeHome supports disabled people to access home ownership through HOLD. They are happy to answer questions about HOLD and support you through the process of accessing buying a house.
http://www.mysafehome.info/index

Government Pages on HOLD

This page explains how HOLD schemes work and their eligibility criteria.
https://www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/scheme/hold/

Financial Planning and Trusts

Mencap

Mencap have several factsheets, a phoneline and hold workshops on trusts and wills.
https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/wills-and-trusts-service

MySafeFuture

MySafeFuture supports disabled people and their families to plan for their financial future
http://www.mysafefuture.com/

Housing Support

Housing Options

Housing Options is a leading housing advisory service for people with learning disabilities
http://www.housingoptions.org.uk/

Advance Housing

One of the country’s leading providers of accommodation services for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems
https://www.advanceuk.org/

The National Housing Federation

The organisation that represents over 1,200 not for profit Housing Associations across England.
https://www.housing.org.uk/

Pooling budgets/direct payments

Pooling Budgets

A Guide about pooling personal budgets, including direct payments
http://www.poolingbudgets.org/

In-Control

Information about self-directed support
http://www.in-control.org.uk/

Additional Funding Sources: Disabled Facilities Grant

The Disabled Facilities Grant is a means tested grant from the local authority to pay for ‘essential’ housing adaptations to help disabled people to live independently in their own homes. In England the maximum grant is £30,000.

Foundations

Foundations is the national body for Home Improvements Agencies and leads on the transformation of the Disabled Facilities Grant. The site offers a range of guides and information.
http://www.foundations.uk.com/dfg-adaptations/

Gov.uk

Explains how to access the grant, eligibility criteria and how to appeal decisions.
https://www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants

Benefits and Housing Benefit

DirectGov – public services all in one place

This site includes a section for disabled people explaining the services and benefits available.
https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities

Gov.uk – financial help if you’re disabled

This site includes a range of benefits and financial support you can access as a disabled person
https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK has a vast collection of factsheets and resources
https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

Citizens Advice Bureau

This site has pages dedicated to particular benefits and there are many centres locally where staff can offer you advice
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a range of guides on your rights to accessible and adapted housing in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as easy read guides. The guides include information for home owners, private renters and people who live in social housing.
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/housing-and-disabled-people-your-rights