Independent Living Services

Supported Housing Essex

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About Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services (ILS) helps people in crisis find temporary, supported housing while rebuilding their lives to full independence. We assist people recovering from substance abuse, those facing unexpected homelessness, domestic violence and abuse victims, and others who need safe, affordable, and accessible supported housing near Essex. 

Located in the beautiful Weston-super-Mare, around four hours by car or rail from Essex, we’ve been helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life rebuild their lives for 20 years.

We manage eight supported living and abstinence-based houses, each providing safe and secure accommodation with a fully private bedroom for each of up to five residents. We have a strong and supportive community of people actively working on improving their lives, and each resident has access to a broad range of support services that facilitate returning to fully independent living. 

If you or a loved one in Essex are in search of safe and accessible supported housing, please contact ILS for an obligation-free discussion about your needs and options. Please don’t face homelessness when help is only a phone call away.

We provide support to individuals facing:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Mental health concerns
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Life crisis

Our programmes of support

ILS aims to provide our tentants with the skills and confidence required to return to fully independent living—a life of meaning and fulfilment. 

We’ve joined forces with several local and national organisations to provide the ILS community with ongoing therapy for substance abuse and mental health disorders; skills, career, and educational development opportunities; legal advocacy and support; personal finance and debt counselling; and more. Services like these help our residents resolve ongoing issues that stand between them and fully independent living. 

Our community is also instrumental to our success. Residents who have been with us for longer and have fully dedicated themselves to independent living become leaders and role models to those just starting the journey, helping them embrace sobriety, health, and conscious progress in life. With ILS, it’s easy to join a compassionate community that understands the complexities of addiction, mental health disorders, and trauma. 

Independent Living Services: Flourish Beyond Belief

When addiction, abuse, crisis, or mental health disorders have taken control of your life, ILS offers a second chance at a new beginning with safe, supportive, and accessible accommodation for all.

Why choose Independent Living Services?

Beyond providing safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodation and housing solutions paired with built-in empowerment, therapy, and development services, ILS understands the difficulties and fears our prospective tenants face. Moving into supported housing can be a huge step, and we go out of our way to make it as easy as possible. 

Many on our team, from admin to recovery workers, have previously faced their own life crisis, some overcoming theirs as residents at ILS. This first-hand experience with uncertainty has given us a level of understanding and compassion that helps new residents quickly and confidently settle into their new temporary home.

The benefit of being four hours away from the temptations, dangers, and threats to sobriety and well-being in Essex cannot be overstated. This physical distance from the causes and triggers of self-harming behaviour, the comfort, security, and support that we provide, and the relaxing seaside feel of Weston all combine to create the perfect recovery environment.

  • Safe
  • Affordable
  • Accessible
  • Personalised Therapy
  • Legal Advocacy and Support
  • Strong & Supportive Community
  • Personal Finance & Debt Counselling
  • Community Engagement & Volunteer Opportunities
  • Education, Career, and Skills Development Opportunities