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Independent Living

Independent living gives you choices about and control over:

  • your life and the support you get
  • where and how you live, including supported living

Your Rights

Disability Rights UK has many fact sheets to download about your rights, and guides on living independently.

Independent Living Factsheets

Support from Rotherham Council

Rotherham Council can help with a number of matters around independent living.

Health and Social Care

Rotherham Leaving Care Service

The service supports and prepares young people for independent living, ensuring that all care leavers have access to suitable accommodation and opportunities for education, employment and training, through tailored approaches

Leaving Care

Rotherham Key Choices

KeyChoices is Rotherham Council's Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme. It advertises Council, Housing Association and some shared ownership properties.

Rotherham Key Choices

Housing and living in a community


Speakup are experts in developing and delivering accessible information, training and resources that improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism.


Shared Lives

Shared Lives allows adults to live or spend time with carers and their families - as valued members of their own communities.

Adults with disabilities receive tailored support. This helps them to live as independently and safely as possible.

Shared Lives

Mencap Learning Disability Helpline

The Learning Disability Helpline is a free helpline service offering advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Learning Disability Helpline

Rotherham Autism Hub

Rotherham Autism Hub works with individuals to develop a bespoke programme of activities tailored to individual needs and aspirations. They assist individuals to access opportunities in employment, training and independence.

Based at Taylor’s Court parkgate, the hub building is easy to access and has good public transport. Rotherham Autism Hub also has access to its own horticulture facilities within a short walking distance.

The service has flexible attendance packages over a 7 day period which can either support people at the hub or in the community.

Opportunities at the Rotherham Autism Hub:

  • Independent living skills
  • Developing social skills
  • Travel and shopping locally
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Social inclusion with the local & wider community
  • Self-development & social opportunities
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental awareness
  • Wood work
  • Conservation
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Furniture restoration
  • Upcycling
  • IT/Media
  • Photography
  • Sport
  • Support into paid work
  • Voluntary work
  • Work experience placements
  • Developing work skills
  • Support with CV writing and the application process
  • Personal presentation
  • Time management skills
  • Health & Safety awareness

Their experienced staff will work with you to develop an individual plan of activities. All activities specifically focus on developing social inclusion, support to access community based activities, support into employment, vocational learning; building people’s confidence and independence.

Contact details: Tom Rowe, manager, tel 01709 273747. Mobile 07843 460621.



Taylor’s Court, Taylor’s Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S62 6NU