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Learning Disability

Carers Support West Sussex offers support to anyone caring for someone with a Learning Disability.

Registering with us as a carer opens the door to a wide range of free support to suit your needs, including:

  • Tailored information and support to help you with your caring role
  • Opportunities to meet other carers who may have similar experiences to you
  • Workshops which provide training and learning on topics such as welfare benefits
  • Information about local and national organisations
  • Regular newsletter

If you would like more information about any of these services, please call us on 0300 028 8888 or email

If you’re not already subscribed and would like to be added to the mailing list for our monthly updates call our Response Line on 0300 028 8888 of email us at and ask to be added to our subscription list.

Learning Disability Week Event

24th June: an afternoon at the Rowans Centre for those who care for an adult with a learning disability to find out more about existing and new services which may be helpful for you.

Online Carer Groups

Join our friendly group for family and friend carers of adults with learning disabilities, for support, information and to chat to others and share experiences.

Useful Links

My Network

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

PIP Factsheet

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

Access to Healthcare

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.

National Organisations:


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 Support Benefits Advice Service We have worked with West Sussex County Council to develop the carer benefits service

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

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.

Mencap Benefits advice and support for people with learning disability.

PIP easy-read guidesThese easy read guides explain how you can get help from Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how to claim it.


Positive Approaches to Support A website for families who care for children, young people or adults with a learning disability or developmental difficulty (including those who are autistic). There is information for supporting your own wellbeing and supporting choice, independence and communication for your relative, and how to support your relative if they display behaviours that challenge.

Our Services

If you are already registered with us please contact us via email at to request a card.

If you are not registered with us please complete our online registration form below