Preparing for Adulthood
With thanks to Anastasia Carpenter for her excellent artwork illustrated on these pages.
This section sets out the services and support for young people aged 16-25 with SEN and Disabilities (SEND) as you move towards adulthood. This information is for young people and their parents and carers. We have tried to make the information as accessible as possible but some young people may need support and guidance from family members, friends or professionals to find information and to understand it better. Thank you to the young people at local FE colleges, Buddy Group Youth Club and the Life Skills Project for helping to shape the headings and content for this section of the Local Offer.
We are also planning to work with young people to design information, which is specifically for you in a more accessible format. This will be available on the ‘WAMSTER’ young people pages of the Royal Borough's website.
Preparing for adulthood is sometimes called ‘Transitions’ and is used to describe the period from Year 9 (14 years old) to when a young person becomes an adult at age 18 and as they develop through young adulthood to 25. It can be an exciting but also challenging time as services and support may change and therefore requires careful planning.
A range of professionals work closely with you and your family to enable you to take part in further studies or training, find a job, live as independently as possible, be healthy and take part in enjoyable leisure and social activities.
How to search for information:
- You can click on the purple 'view all 16-25 Years Local Offer services' box on the right. You can then narrow your results for example by category or location.
- If you are looking for something specific, you can enter a keyword in the 'search for specific information' toolbar at the top of the page.
- You can click on the advice and guidance pages below.
Find out more on the advice and guidance pages below:
- Further Education and training
- Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
- Help to find work including apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships
- Keeping healthy and well
- Help with your care needs
- Finding somewhere to live and support to do things for myself
- Things to do, having my say and being part of my community
- Sources of advice and support including managing your money and financial support
- Young people taking decisions