Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
The easiest way to find a new place to live can often be to rent somewhere from a private landlord.
Most landlords will sign a contract with you before you move in, will ensure that your property is properly maintained and that necessary repairs are carried, and will respect your rights as a tenant.
However there are always a few landlords who will not keep their part of the bargain, do not respect tenancy agreements, and are to be avoided.
In order to help you ensure that you get a good deal, and that you find the right place for you, Shelter provide advice on how to find a privately-rented home and what to look out for along the way.
Homeless London also provide a guide on private rented accommodation.
You can find accommodation to rent, including rooms in shared houses, on websites such as Gumtree, Spare Room orLoot.
Most local papers will include adverts for properties to rent, and you can contact lestate agents and property agents in your area.
You can also look at noticeboards in shop windows in the area you want to live in. If you see an advert with the words 'No DSS', this means that the landlord is not willing to take a tenant claiming benefits
Depending on your financial situation you may be able to claim Housing Benefit towards the cost of your rent. However you should be aware that some landlords do not like to rent out accommodation to tenants who will be relying on housing benefit to pay their rent.
If you would like to receive independent advice on housing, or on benefits, legal issues, accessing care and support, your rights as a carer, and a range of other issues, then you can contact the Westminster Advice Services Partnership (WASP).
Advice Westminster offer a free online and email advice service for Westminster residents, allowing users to access advice and information on all areas of social welfare law including welfare benefits and tax credits, employment and consumer rights, income maximisation, housing and homelessness, debt and financial capability, and more.They also offer a service offering support to people in making complaints about the way in which other services have been administered.
And Westminster have produced a leaflet on all aspects of finding somewhere to live, including in the private sector.
Hammersmith & Fulham have produced a leaflet called Finding Your Own Private Accommodation.
If you think you need to take legal action in relation to a housing issue then you can get more information on our Obtaining legal advice page.
Stonewall Housing have helped thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to find safe and secure homes.