London Borough of Croydon

Independent living - young adults

Some young adults with learning difficulties and / or disabilities will be able to live independently with the correct support.

The Joint Community Learning Disability Team can help to arrange support for independent living, support at home and supported housing or other accommodation, such as residential care.

You can use the service if you:

  • are over the age of 18
  • have a clear and permanent learning disability and need support to manage your life
  • have health needs your own doctor cannot help you with
  • live in Croydon or have always been supported by Croydon. If another council already supports you, they may continue to support you
  • are the carer of a person with a learning disability who lives in Croydon

A financial assessment will be carried out to see if you must pay towards the services you receive.

Details of the services that the Joint Community Learning Disability Team arranges may be found in the leaflet below. They include services provided by Croydon Day Opportunities. Other providers include the National Autistic Society which focuses on services for young people and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome.

The Turnaround Centre provides advice and support in the Drop-In Zone for young people aged 14 - 21. This is a safe environment where professional staff are available to deal with immediate concerns. They will also be able to identify where young people and their families need extra help. The services include housing advice and specialist support for young people not in education, employment or training.

Disability Rights UK has an independent living advice line 0300 555 1525 Monday and Thursday 9am to 1pm. 

To find a list of day care and residential care for young adults in the Croydon area go to You will be able to search for services for younger adults and also by location.

See the leaflet below for more information.

For other aspects of independent living - see also Housing, Employment, Getting involved in your community; Money and Travel and Transport.

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