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.
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 by telephone on 01482 616 312
If you think an adult is being harmed, abused or neglected please tell us. You can go to our safeguarding Adults page to find out how to report it.
If you think they are in immediate danger phone the Police now on 999
People with a learning disability may have worse health than others. To help, people with a learning disability can get an Annual health Check
This is free from your GP’s practice. You don’t need to be ill to get one and you can talk to the GP about anything that is hurting or worrying you. The
GP will check lots of things and give you a ‘Health Action Plan’.
There are Easy Read health information leaflets and videos on the Easy Health website.
The law says that the NHS has to make information and their services accessible to you.
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.
Alternatively, you can contact them by telephone on (01482) 335 642
Townend Court is 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 via –
- email: HNF-TR.ContactUs@nhs.net
- telephone number: 01482 336 740
In person -
296 Cottingham Road
My Health Guide
My Health Guide is a specially designed app for people with Learning disabilities to help manage their daily lives by providing a simple to use system that can be accessed by carers, friends and health and social care professionals to support individuals in a range of health and community settings.
My Health Guide can be used to store information about an individual and lets carers, health professionals and community providers develop services based on the information that is stored. This means that the person will receive a consistent service no matter who is supporting them or where they are. The app is widely used by service providers in Hull and the East Riding.
The app was developed and is being used a lot by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.
My Health Guide includes –
- Boxes – users can create boxes (as many as they want) to store things that are important to them
- Important Things About Me – users can store important information about themselves and can add whatever content they like which they think is essential, including words, pictures, video and audio.
- Appointments - users can use the app’s appointment facility to create appointments and reminders
- Contacts & Sharing - users can record the details of friends, family and carers in the contacts facility, any information on the app can then be shared with people that service user chooses from their contacts
- Documents - users can upload documents into the app and store them all in one place and can then read them whenever they choose
- Data Back-Up & Synchronisation - App user data is automatically synchronised to the My Health Guide server, whenever the app is open and the device is connected to WiFi
- Customization - users can personalise their app to make it easier for them to use
If you are receiving services from the Community Team for LD please ask about using the app, alternatively you can access the app directly from the app store for IoS or Android devices.
The app costs £24 per year and subscription gives users full access to My Health Guide –
- Create and manage boxes according to your needs
- Add, edit, remove box content (text, pictures, video and audio)
- Create appointments with scheduled reminders
- Add contacts
- Add documents
- Share your boxes with friends and family
Alternatively, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Health Guide Engagement & Training Sessions
Maldaba offers different sessions to help healthcare professionals become aware of and get the most benefit from My Health Guide.
For more information, contact email@example.com
Our Hull Local Offer website provides information for 0-25 year olds with disabilities and Special Educational Need (SEND)
Getting out and about
People with a learning disability can use the same community services as everyone else. The law says public organisations have to make changes so that disabled people can access their services.
You can find activities and support in the community by going to our community support directory and using the learning disability filter
Red is a not for profit community organisation that aims to create social opportunities for people with learning disabilities through music and arts
Alternatively you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community and Public Transport
Our community and public transport section has lots of information around travelling around the city including
- blue badge scheme
- bus, coach bus passes
- trains and railcards
Help to live at Home
Our help to live at home section has lots of advice and support available to help you live at home including –
- equipment and adaptations
- repairs and Maintenance
- looking after your pets
- looking after yourself
- staying safe in your home
- keeping warm in winter
- telecare and Kingston care lifeline service
Where you live will depend on –
- what housing there is
- where you want to live
- your money
- your own support needs
- people you want to share your house with
- how urgent it is for you to move.
There is a range of housing options available to you which you can find in our housing section, including –
Learning, Jobs, Volunteering and daytime opportunities
There are lots of opportunities for people with a learning disability to get involved in education courses and also paid or voluntary work.
Our learning and training section has lots of information to help you access inclusive learning and training opportunities that you can access in Hull.
Job Centre plus has work coaches and disability advisers who can help you find and stay in work. They can help by looking at volunteering, work experience and work trials which help you to get ready for work. They can help you look at what support you might need at work. They will write a work plan for you
Some people prefer to access daytime opportunities to learn new skills. You can find more information and advice about day services on our daytime opportunities section
Advice and Money
Many people with a learning disability get benefits. Citizen’s advice Hull and East Raiding is able to help you if you think your benefits are wrong. They can also help with debt and housing issues.
- paperwork and post
Alternately you can contact them via -
- telephone 01482 226 859 for specialist debt advice
- telephone - 03444 111 444 for all other calls
- email - email@example.com
Making your own decisions
If you are not able to make your own decisions then the law says this can only be done by a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Deputy.
An Advocate can help you when you don’t have family or friends who ca.
The following charities, organisations and groups provide lots of useful advice, information and support
Mencap Direct is a free helpline service offering advice and support and is available 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday
- advice and information about learning disabilities
- help to find the right support
- help to find Mencap services in your area.
You can contact them via -
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone: 0808 808 1111
Mencap Hull offers advice and support locally for people with Learning disabilities on a range of topics including –
- learning and training
- staying independent
You can contact Mencap Hull by telephone on 01482 211 473
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.
Alternatively you can contact them via –
- telephone: 08088 003 333.
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.
They also have a range of information on their resources section that you may find useful.