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Learning disability

A person who has a learning disability may experience a range of difficulties depending on whether the disability is mild, moderate or severe. A person may have a reduced ability to understand information whether it is new or complex, to learn new skills, experience a reduced ability to cope independently and may experience an impact on his/her ability to read and write.

Sometimes other skills such as time planning, organisational skills, abstract reasoning, short and long term memory and attention are impacted upon by a learning disability.

Depending on the level of learning disability a person may need support with daily living activities, being involved in social activities and keeping safe.

Someone who has a severe learning disability or a profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) often has more than one disability such as physical, sensory, mental health and complex health needs. A person who has a profound and multiple learning disability may need care and support with areas such as mobility, personal care and communication.

A person with a moderate learning disability may also need support in these areas, but not definitely.

Visit the NHS Choices website to learn more about learning disabilities

Public Health England and government departments produce lots of information related to learning disabilities.  This is published on GOV.UK and can be found by searching 'learning disability'

Visit the GOV.UK website to find information

Public Health England shared the work they did around health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability on a website called improving health and lives (ihal).  This website has now been archived and will no longer be updated but is its a useful resource and will continue to be available on the national archive. 

Visit the national archive to access the improving health and lives website

Inclusion North are an organisation that help people with a learning disability get involved in changes and understand new policies.  They produce lots of information in easyread and also produce a monthly newsletter containing lots of useful information which can be found in the 'resources' sesction of their website

Visit Inclusion North's website to find out more about what they do

There are links to some national and local organisations below who can provide advice, information and support but you can also access the local groups and activities directory to find out what is available locally to you.  

Access the local groups and activities directory

The Learning Disability Partnership Board

The  Learning disability partnership board is a multi agency forum that is operated by the council which people with or affected by learning disability can:

  • meet together
  • share information
  • promote the needs of people with a learning disability in their local area

You can contact the local partnership board using these details

Hull Learning Disability Partnership Board

Brunswick House

Strand Close

Hull

HU2 9DB

Tel: 01482 616 312

City Healthcare Partnership

City Healthcare Partnership run a wellbeing service which aims to address the physical health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability, to raise awareness of these issues, reduce stigma and increase social inclusion.

The Wellbeing Service works in partnership with primary and secondary health care services, voluntary organisations and health promotion, to promote annual health checks for people in Hull who have learning disabilities. 

Visit the City Healthcare Partnership - wellbeing service for more information

Townend Court

A 20 bed facility for assessment and treatment of people with learning disabilities. Those people who are offered services at Townend Court are struggling to be supported in their ordinary community placement and require a safe and therapeutic environment.

Townend Court provides specialist health care to individuals and their carers, ensuring at all times that they are treated with dignity and respect during periods of behavioural distress. Townend Court provides a ‘hub’ for the wider learning disability services and can be accessed 365 days a year.

You can contact Townend Court usinig the following contact details

296 Cottingham Road

Hull

HU6 8QG

Telephone number: 01482 336 740

Email: HNF-TR.ContactUs@nhs.net

Visit the Humber NHS trust foundation website

Accessible toilets and changing places

Some people may need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. Changing Places facilities have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. A Changing Places toilet provides sanitary accommodation for people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or two assistants.  There are a numner of accessible toilets and changing facilities in Hull and the Changing Places website can tell you where your nearest facilities are.

Access the Changing Places website to find out more

National organisations

The following charities, organisations and groups provide lots of useful advice, information and support

Both Mencap and Scope are nationally recognised charities that support people with learning disabilities. Individually they offer advice, information and access to support.

Mencap

Mencap Head Office

Royal Mencap Society

123 Golden Lane

London

EC1Y 0RT

Switchboard: 0207 454 0454

Opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Visit the Mencap website to find out more


Mencap Direct

Mencap Direct is a free helpline service offering advice and support and is available 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Tel: 0808 808 1111 
Email: helpline@mencap.org.uk

Visit the Mencap website to find out more

Scope

Scope are a charity that can work with you and support you whether you, your child or those you work with have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition.

Visit the Scope website to find out more about what support is available

Alternatively you can telephone their help-line which is free from landlines on 0808 800 3333. The information helpline is available weekdays 9am to 5pm. You can also email your information helpline query to helpline@scope.org.uk.

British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)

BILD is an organisation that works with organisations to turn policy into practice.  They provide lots of useful information and run events and conferences and provide training course to help share good practice in supporting people with a learning disability.

Access the BILD website to find out more information

or you can telephone them on 0121 415 6960 or email them at enquiries@bild.org.uk

Local organisations

There are also lots of local organisations, such as those below, who offer support to people with a learning dsiability.

Autism Plus

Autism Plus is a charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber.

Access the Autism Plus website to find out more

FiND

FiND is a local organisation that offers holiday clubs and activities for people with a learning disability
Visit FiND's website to find out more
Or you can telephone them on 01482 870 785 or email them at info@findcharity.org.uk

Hull RED

Hull Red run events for adults with a learning disability and their friends.
Visit the Hull Red website to find out about upcoming events 
Alternatively you can email them at info@hullred.co.uk

Education, employment and day activities

There are lots of opportunities for people with a learning disabililty to get involved in education courses and also paid or voluntary work.  The organisations below offer many courses and employement oportunities.

Hull Training and Adult Education
Endeavour learning and Skills Centre
Beverley Road
Hull
HU3 1UR

Access the Hull Training and Adult Education website for more information about training courses that they offer

5 Senses

5 Senses offer learning and development opportunities for vulnerable adults through centre based educational sessions and community activities.

Activities cover a number of subjects, from Geography through to Life Skills. Each session is designed to develop the students learning capabilities by using teaching methods derived from differing forms of Expressive Arts, using Music, Art, Dance and Drama as tools to enhance each individuals development in a wealth of subjects, which means that sessions can be tailored to cover everyone’s learning styles.

They are based at  

Popple Street

Hull

HU9 1LP

Visit the 5 Senses website to find out more

Or you can telephone them on 01482 470 805 or email them at info@5senses.co.uk

CASE

Case is a local charity which provides training, support and employment opportunities to people with a learning disability. They are based at

60 Charles Street

Hull

HU2 8DQ

Visit the CASE website for more information

Or you can telephone then on 01482 320 200 or email them at info@casetraininghull.co.uk

Danny's Dream

Danny's Dream is a local organisation that offers support to children and adults at home and in the community.

Access Danny's Dream website for more information

Alternatively you can telephone them on 01482 313 883 or email them at dannysdream@goodwintrust.org

Last reviewed: 03/11/2017

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