"Transition" describes the move from childhood to adult life. Typically, the transition planning process starts when you are 14 and continues until you leave education, usually before or when you are 25 years old.

For young disabled people and their families, transition can be a time of great excitement, but the move from child to adult life - and child to adult services - can also feel very difficult. Big changes, such as leaving school, getting a job, forming new relationships and finding somewhere to live, all need careful thought, planning and communication. During this time, getting the balance right between building independence and ensuring safety and wellbeing is crucial.

United Response works with a growing number of young people and their families across England and Wales – helping them to take control of their support packages and to choose the staff that work with them. We believe that person-centred planning is especially important during transition as it is a key time to build independence, explore new opportunities and work towards future ambitions.

As well as working directly with you, we have strong links with local councils, social workers, family forums, Primary Care Trusts, and schools and colleges - which mean that we can help make the transition period as easy as possible for you.

For more information on transitions, you can make a support enquiry.

Make a support enquiry

Independent living

If you are a young person moving out from the family home or moving on from a residential school, choosing a suitable place to live is a big decision.

And it's very much about personal choice; some people look forward to living in their own home with whatever support they require, while some prefer to live with others. Some choose to rent, while others may want to get their own home. There are many different options, but what is always the same is that people want to feel safe, secure and independent in their home.

United Response can support you to find the right place to live, working flexibly and on your terms. We can provide as much or as little help with the day-to-day running of the house as you need, whether this is paying bills, helping with the cooking or laundry or providing advice on home security. Or indeed all of the above!

Find out about our student houses in West Cheshire where we support five young adults to live independently: 

Getting a job 

If you are leaving education, you may well want to get that first job and become financially independent. It's not just about the money either; working can bring many other benefits including increased confidence, new friends, a better social life and a greater sense of self-worth.

However, getting that first job can be difficult for anyone - and even more so if you have a disability. We can help you to find a job, to complete application forms, to prepare for interviews, to plan your route to work - and practise it - and can also provide on-the-job support.

Find out about Aishah's journey to work at her local cinema: 

Personal relationships and the community

Transition is a time when relationships - including personal relationships - can become increasingly important. We will support you to meet new people and to develop existing relationships. We are approachable and on-hand if you need any guidance, but also discreet enough to allow you the space and privacy you want. We can also help by signposting you to specialist services.

Your relationship with your community might also change at this time, especially if where you live has changed. We work hard to find out what you like to do and to find out what's available in your neighbourhood so that you can get involved your local community and build up a wider social network.

Money and banking

One of the most challenging aspects of the move to adulthood is the new responsibilities that arise relating to money. When you move from child to adult services you are likely to get more control and freedom over any benefits you receive, but of course this also brings increased responsibility.

Many aspects of adult life - including getting a job and earning money - means you need some understanding of how to manage your money. Likewise, getting a house means you need to understand rent, bills and all manner of housekeeping costs. We can support you to manage your finances and to budget. We can also support you to boost your financial knowledge and skills through resources like our "My Money" toolkit and Making Money Easier guides.

A good place to start

If you are starting to think about transition and the next steps then why not download our ‘Top Tips’ resource to help you get started:

Lost in Transition?: 5 Top Tips