Supported living

Find out about Mencap's supported living service


Our supported living service enables people to live in their own home instead of in residential care or with family. We can support individuals to have their own place, or to share with others.

Watch our video about support living.

Who is supported living for?

Supported living is for adults with a learning disability who would like to live independently in their own home.

How can we support you?

We offer a range of support based on people's individual needs and aspirations. This can include support with:

  • household tasks
  • personal care
  • maintaining a tenancy
  • taking medication
  • money management
  • building links with friends, family and the community
  • social and leisure activities
  • making healthy lifestyle choices.
When is supported living available?

Support is tailored to individual needs and can be during the day, in the evening, over night and/or at weekends.

Where is supported living available?

We offer this service across England and Wales. Visit our search page to see if this service is available in your area.

How can you access supported living?

You can access supported living using your personal budget or other form of direct payment, by paying with private funds, or with funding directly from your local authority.

Contact us

Get in touch with Mencap Direct to find out more, freephone 0808 808 1111, email help@mencap.org.uk or use our contact form.

Further information

Download a copy of our PDF ‘Supported Living: how does it work?’

Joshua's story

With help from Mencap's personal support and housing service Derek was able to purchase his own internet enabled computer.