Why don’t you try? : Find out more about caring for someone with a learning difficulty or disability
Try Mencap’s Learning Disability Helpline
The Learning Disability Helpline is Mencap’s free helpline service offering advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Their advisors can offer you advice and information about learning disability and help you find the right support and services in your area.
Look into Hft’s Family Carer Support Service
Hft’s Family Carer Support Service (FCSS) is a free information and support service for family carers who have a relative aged 16 or over with a learning disability, autism or both. Support is available to all family carers, whether or not their relative is supported by Hft.
They support family carers to navigate all elements of health and social care, as well as how to understand and exercise their rights and those of their relative.
They can help in the following ways:
- Ongoing one-to-one support via telephone and email.
- Email and letter writing.
- Resources designed to simplify complicated topics.
- Bespoke workshops about subjects affecting family carers and their relative.
- Information and guidance with common topics.
Find information and advice from community groups
Together 4 Change provides online spaces for mutual support. Their Choice Forum is a UK Learning Disability Forum. Here, family members, paid and volunteer staff and people with learning disabilities themselves can share experiences to make a difference.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Undertake training or reading about the learning difficulty/disability your loved one has and how you can support them., Research and join the UK learning disabilities health network for support or your local carers service., Book an appointment to speak to any assigned health professionals about access to further information and advice. ,
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