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Community Supported Living


Our Community Supported Living Service provides specialist support that enables people with autism to maintain independence, develop relationships and learn new skills within the community.

The service can support you in many areas of life, such as:
• Independent living skills
• Community activities
• Access to health care and appointments
• Access to education, employment and training
• Developing and maintaining relationships
• Housing related support

Our knowledgeable staff team have a wealth of experience in providing a tailored support package co-produced with you and key people within your life. We have extensive experience of supporting people with autism and additional needs such as:
• Mental Health
• Learning Disabilities
• Forensic Care
• Communication difficulties
• Sensory issues
• Challenging behaviours

For those individuals who may experience difficulties around anxiety and/or frustration, we have our own in-house Behaviour Specialist and Senior Autism Trainer who is able to provide advice, support and guidance to both yourself and the staff that support you ensuring the best outcomes for you are maintained.

We successfully support individuals to live in their own homes and work with housing providers across the West Midlands to seek suitable accommodation for them. We work closely with you, your family, the Local Authority, your Social worker and health professionals involved in your care.

We also work in partnership with assisted technology providers to enable greater levels of independence. We will identify areas of risk or concern where assistive technology may result in effective support. This may include the use of flashing fire alarms, flood detectors, magi plugs and emergency buttons. We have also supported people to access equipment such as epilepsy mats/sensors and communication aids.

Joe’s Story – Accessing the community independently
Joe found developing relationships with support workers difficult and was very anxious about accessing the community independently leading him to feeling isolated.

Joe began receiving support from Autism West Midlands in 2011. Over time Joe has increased his confidence and developed positive relationships with staff. Alongside support staff Joe began to develop relationships with local community facilities and shops. Emergency strategies were developed and rehearsed and a designated safety hub, which is a local Café, was also established to provide a place of safety for Joe if he became anxious or distressed.

Joe now accesses the community independently and he is able to confidently use his coping strategies and safety hub if required. Local businesses look out for Joe and will contact his support staff if Joe appears anxious or distressed.

More recently a new shopping complex has opened local to Joe where the staff have supported him to build relationships with the local business and community members. This has enabled Joe to extend his opportunities for community access and have greater independence.

**To protect anonymity names have been changed**


As an organisation we are committed to enabling individuals to have greater independence and have less dependence on paid support. This approach enables us to reduce support in the longer term, ensuring it is sustainable for the individual. (Minimum delivery hours apply).

To make a referral:
• Email us at referrals@autismwestmidlands.org.uk
• Or call us at our Head Office on 0121 450 7582


Supported Living (St Paul's)

The St Paul's supported living scheme was opened in March 2003. This innovative project was jointly developed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with Autism West Midlands.

St. Paul's provides individualised packages of care in eight individual flats, on a single site, for adults with autism and challenging behaviour. The aim of the scheme is to provide a supportive environment, to enable individuals to live as independently as possible.

The registered manager takes responsibility for maintaining and developing a site of excellence in the support of the service users who live at St Paul's. Each tenant receives an individualised structure and package of care that best suits their individual needs. We are located in a residential area with excellent access to many local amenities. 

To make a referral:
• Email us at referrals@autismwestmidlands.org.uk
• Or call us at our Head Office on 0121 450 7582