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Learning Disability

At Carers Support, our Learning Disabilities Team can offer support to anyone caring for someone with a Learning Disability. We offer a flexible programme of support and also provide information about a host of local and national organisations.

Learning Disability Week 2020

Learning Disability Week 2020 will take place online from 15 to 21 June. But not everyone can get online and some people have communication difficulties. That’s why we need your support to promote this year’s theme, which is highlighting the importance of friendships during lockdown, both online and offline.

You may not know that someone has a learning disability or that someone is caring for someone with a learning disability. Staying connected with people and time outside from caring is more difficult, as they are wanting to stay safe and free from COVID 19. Carers we support are finding meeting up and having a chat really important and at the moment, that’s even harder to do.

Useful Links

For help and support for People with Learning Disabilities/Challenging Needs who receive little or no support from West Sussex County Council.

For guidance when completing PIP application forms see attachment from Carers UK

For local services and support for people with learning disabilities and their families Mid Sussex Worthing

For information and how to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services

For information about the Learning Disability Health Facilitation Team, Hospital Passport and other health related information

We can also support you if you are a Parent Carer or caring for someone with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Click on the buttons below to jump to those pages.

Useful Links and Information

National Organisations:

CarersUK

Mencap want to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and fight alongside them for a better future. They team up with our network of over 400 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.


Organisations in West Sussex:

Aldingbourne Trust Offer support services, including employment support to autistic people as well as people with learning disabilities.

Carers Health Team Offer advice, information and support for carers to help improve and manage their own wellbeing.

Connect to Support Links to other local services who can also offer support.

Impact Initiatives For advocacy and employment support.

Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) Made up of people with learning disabilities, carers and people from health and community services. The LDPB meet together to talk about important issues for people with learning disabilities and their family and friend carers, such as advocacy services, direct payments, work opportunities and social care services in West Sussex. The aim is to make sure people with learning disabilities get their rights and that people who provide services make their services available to people with a learning disability and make them easy to use.


Challenging Behaviour

Access to Healthcare for information about healthcare services for people with LD/Challenging needs.

BILD uses its skills, knowledge and experience to turn policy into practice, solve problems and improve support for people with disabilities.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) provides practical information and support for families about understanding and supporting children and adults whose behaviour challenges.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline page on challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.


Money and Benefits

Carers UK Help with Council Tax

Citizens Advice West Sussex For independent and confidential advice on housing, benefits, debt and money , employment any you legal rights.

An introduction to Universal Credit video

Jobcentre offices where eligible claimants can make a claim for Universal Credit

Money Advice Service support for Universal Credit

Universal Credit pages on GOV.UK

Universal Credit FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Universal Credit answered plus helpline and resources from Mencap.

Universal Credit Managing Your Money video

Money Advice Service Universal Credit video

The Universal Credit Personal Planner aimed at helping financial and digital preparation

Planning for the Future Guide Renaissance Legal have launched a free guide for families designed to help parents and carers understand the issues they may face in the future, and what can be put in place to protect a disabled or vulnerable child.


Wellbeing:

Positive Approaches to Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Universal Credit answered plus helpline and resources from Mencap.

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