QEF's Independent Living Services, at Dorincourt near Leatherhead, currently has some places available for young people with disabilities who want to develop the skills and experience for living independently.
The supportive environment at Dorincourt ensures personal dignity, autonomy, choice and freedom for individuals to become more assertive, less dependent and take personal responsibility. All activities can be directed by the residents, with life coaches on hand to help them explore options for careers, recreation and gaining skills such as money management and domestic daily living skills. There is also support from onsite physiotherapists and other medical support can be provided as appropriate.
This all means that when it's time to move into the community, or to go into further education, they can do so with greater confidence.
There is a range of types of accommodation available, so that the young people that come to Dorincourt can try out different ways of living. This includes individual rooms with ensuite bathrooms, group homes where they live with others and share cooking and chores, and completely independent flats where they can live essentially on their own, but with a safety net of support.
Places at Dorincourt are available quite rarely, but there are now some available, with more to come over the next few months.
To find out more about the service you can download the latest brochure here.