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Independent Living

Are you moving out or living on you own?

Leaving your home and living on your own, or with friends for the first time, can be exciting and worrying. You may be worried about being able to look after yourself, if you will have enough money or getting used to your new home.

Everyone has reasons for wanting to live on their own. These could be:

  • wanting to live independently
  • not getting on with your family
  • being forced to leave
  • moving away to university

The worry of leaving and living on your own can have an impact on how you feel and how you cope. If you are struggling, talk to someone you know and ask for help, or check out the Get Help Now links.

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Get Help Now

Here are a list of services that can help with independent living. The icons below tell you the type of support available.

  • Email Email
  • Phone Phone


City and County

age Under 27

  • Web chat Web chat
  • Phone Phone

Shelter England

City and County

age All Ages

  • Phone Phone
  • In person In person

Leaving Care Service Nottinghamshire


age 16-25

  • Phone Phone
  • In person In person

Leaving Care Service Nottingham City


age 16-25

  • Directory Directory
  • In person In person


City and County

age All Ages

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