For young adults leaving school and college

Dimensions works with individuals, families and professionals to support a personalised transition into adult housing and support. People like Edward, Indy, Paul and Jack.

Help for families

In this video, families describe their loved one’s transition to supported living, and we provide some guidance for families now in this position:

Our approach to transition planning follows the four pathways of the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ guidelines set out by NDTi and the Department for Education.

We want the people we support to live fulfilling, ordinary lives. This means having healthy relationships, a healthy lifestyle and living increasingly independently within their local community. We’re able to support almost anyone to live alone or with a few housemates in supported living – you can find detailed information about supported living here.

In some places we work with the local authority, NHS and development partners to create bespoke housing, such as Highgreave, which will act as a stepping stone to more independent living.

Find out more about how Dimensions helps with housing.

Download our free Transitions guide for families, carers and professionals via the link below.

We have worked with a wide range of experts with lived experience of transition to produce a free guide for families, carers and professionals to understand the journey from child to adult services, and what support is available. Download it here: Transition – your child’s journey into adult services

You might also find our Transitions checklist handy – download it and stick it on your fridge!

Helpline for families

Because we know that many families want to hear from other families, we have set up a helpline staffed by our family consultants: all people whose loved ones have been through transition (and not all of whom are supported by Dimensions.) The line is open from 9:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday. Ask them anything.

Phone 0300 303 9161 or email:

Help us understand your Transition experience

Dimensions is currently researching Transition, to better understand the experience of the young adults at the centre of it alongside all those around them: families, colleges and local authorities. We’ll publish everything we learn to help make #bettertransitions for everybody.

If you or your loved one have been through transition in the past 5 years, or you are a relevant professional, please complete our survey here.


Find out more about our transition support near you: