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Advice on Preparing for Adulthood

There are a variety of sources from whom you should expect help with Preparing for Adulthood, which you and your family should be thinking and planning for from when you are 14, if not long before.  It is important that you and your family and wider circle of support consider, discuss and understand what your ideas and aspirations are for your adult life from when you are very young. 

Staff at School  Your teachers should talk to you about your aspirations and goals, especially when you are choosing courses at school. What would you like to do? Which courses will help you achieve your goals?

Leaving school/going to college/starting work/finding an apprenticeship, supported internship or setting up your own business.

Adult Care and Information Service (ACIS) ACIS has information about services for young people and adults. It can help to guide you through the many services available to those people eligible for formal help from Adult Social Services and for those who are not. Their range of factsheets, including easy read versions of some, explain what support you can get and who is eligible.

0 to 25 Disability Team supports young people eligible for Adult social care through the transition years. They work alongside a person’s network to help them achieve their preparing for adulthood goals.

VoiceAbility  Wandsworth Advocates-this service ensures people who might otherwise be unable to, can speak out, know their rights and have control over their life decisions.

Voiceability works with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health needs and sensory impairments. (Currently this is just for over 18’s) 

Voluntary Sector Organisations.

Wandsworth Contact  (up to 25s)

Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service (WIASS) (up to 25s) 

Disability and Social Care Advice Service (DASCAS)  help with benefits, entitlements and support.

Health Services

As you turn 18 it is possible that your GP (Doctor) may need to become much more involved in your care and support.  If you need ongoing medical support to achieve your goals it is worth discussing this with your GP well before your 18th birthday, as they may need to make referrals to community health services in advance.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us:

thriveonline@wandsworth.gov.uk  
020 8871 7899