Learning Disabilities

How you can be supported in your role caring for someone with a learning disability.

With 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability support for the parents, siblings, grandparents and friends supporting these people is essential.

People with a learning difficulty take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people. It is a lifelong condition, but their needs may vary over time, and a learning difficulty may coexist with other needs such as mobility issues or health conditions such as epilepsy.

A Carer may need to be an advocate, a cook, driver and cheerleader, and learn new information and skills as their Cared for’s needs and situation changes. This can lead to feelings of isolation, fatigue and frustration, and Carers often neglect their own needs.

There are other very useful services which can provide key facts and resources for you and your cared for. We have a few of these resources below to download. For more resources and further sign posting please contact Anita Goveas or Tom Shah.

The Wandsworth Learning Disability Health team provide support around the physical and mental health for adults with a diagnosed Learning Difficulty e.g. speech therapy, physiotherapy

Thrive online provide information about the services available for 0-25 year olds with a learning difficulty

Social care provide advice support and guidance through reviews for your Cared For and Carer’s assessments for Carers. For more information on Carer’s assessments please click here.

Enable provide information about activities and sports available for people with Learning Difficulties.

Share have resources to discuss COVID-19 rules to people with Learning Disabilities, and a downloadable facemask exemption card. To Download the exemption card please click on the button below.

At Wandsworth Carers Centre, we are dedicated to providing tailored one to one support and advocacy, delivered by the Learning Disabilities Carers Support Workers.

If you would like more information about our support for Carers of people with Learning Difficulties  or if you would like to access this support please call our office on 020 8877 1200 or  email:

anita@wandsworthcarers.org.uk

Our lead support worker for learning disability Carers Anita is on hand to help you through the difficult conversations and be a guide through the complex maze of agencies involved in your caring role. With 15 years of experience in this field she is here to answer your questions.

Our learning disability peer support group is held on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1:30pm.

To find out more about the groups or to sign up please email.

anita@wandsworthcarers.org.uk

If due to your caring role you are not able to attend peer support groups without your cared for, we also have coffee clubs on the 3rd Friday of each month from 10.30am – 12.30pm. To find out more or to sign up please email:

quyen@wandsworthcarers.org.uk

Our peer support groups give Carers an opportunity to share lived experiences with other Carers who may be in similar situations to themselves. They allow Carers to co-produce the groups and the topics covered each month as well as many of our groups being co-facilitated with Carers.It also allows for Carers to feedback to the Centre, experiences they have had with services within the borough and help us develop methods of improving the services provided for Carers. If you would like to co-facilitate one of our peer support groups please click the link below, we would like to hear from you.

We understand that these have been strange, uncertain and difficult times for you. We wanted to let you know about a free counselling service called Kooth, which the NHS is offering for all young people aged 11- 22 in Wandsworth.

Kooth is there for you for advice, support and guidance on a range of issues such as stress or anxiety, worries about returning to college, fears about what the world looks like now, dealing with difficult family relationships, struggling with loss and much more.

It’s a free online chat service that works on both your smart-phone and computer. There are no waiting lists and it’s totally anonymous – you can just make up a name. And, you can freely and openly discuss any concerns that you may have, through the wide range of services that Kooth offers.

Please find the link below to a short video describing the service available at Kooth.

Kooth video

Our aim is always to support Carers’ to care for themselves, so they are able to continue caring for someone else.

We will always work hard to raise Carer Awareness, to celebrate Carers and be the support and advice service you can always rely on.

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