Innovations that offer independent living to young adults with complex needs

Life hasn’t always been so sociable for the 26-year-old, who has a learning disability and whose hyperactive, challenging behaviour meant he’d previously struggled in shared accommodation. But two-and-a-half years ago he became one of the first residents of Broom Lane, a specialist residential scheme for young adults with complex support needs. Owned by the housing association Great Places and managed by support provider City Care, the environment is designed to help the 19 residents – most of whom have autistic spectrum disorders and receive tailored, support around building life skills – live fuller, more independent lives.

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