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Durham County Council

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Learning disability services


If you, or a friend or relative, has needs arising from a learning disability, the information on this page may help.

If you live in the county, visit our Locate - care and support in County Durham website to find social care and support services and information.

What type of services are available?

Day services

There are lots of supervised activities available locally for people with learning disabilities. Find out more about Care services outside your home or visit our Locate website.

Specialist teams

Learning disability teams can provide specialist support by joining up relevant expertise. Contact Social Care Direct to see whether there is an integrated service which can help meet your needs.

Housing

Find out about some of the solutions available including living at home, independently or in care. If you need more information or advice contact our learning disability housing options team.

Work

Finding a job can be difficult but can make a real difference to someone's life. Our Moving into work factsheet (PDF, 429kb) has information on ways to find work and make yourself more employable. 

Durham Shared Lives

Shared Lives offers short term, long term and emergency support for adults with learning disabilities in the home of a Shared Lives Provider. 

Respite care

Hawthorn House, just outside Durham City, provides short break / respite opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs. Families and carers can also get a much needed break from their responsibilities.  Factsheet: Hawthorn House (PDF, 367kb)

The People's Parliament (County Durham)

The County Durham Learning Disabilities Parliament (also known as the People's Parliament County Durham) comprises of people who have an interest in the issues that affect people with a learning disability. Informal meetings for members are held at Framwellgate Moor Community Centre in Durham every fortnight between 10.00am - 12 noon on Wednesdays.