Help for people with learning disabilities

A learning disability is:

  • when you find it difficult to understand new or complicated information, or learn new skills
  • when you find it difficult to cope on your own
  • something that started before you were an adult and had a lasting effect on your development

You may have a learning disability and think you need help, or know someone who has a learning disability who you think needs help.

Adult Social Care provides a range of offers to help support people in Birmingham who have a learning disability.

Day-to-day support offers

Community asset database

To help support people with lower level social care needs stay in their own homes and communities, Adult Social Care created, and maintains, a database of community based groups, and support and resources that can help people with these needs.

You can find the database on Birmingham Connect to Support, a website run by Adult Social Care.

You can search the database by:

  • key words
  • location, using your postcode
  • category
  • a mix of all three.

Follow the link below to search for support on learning disabilities or difficulties across the whole of Birmingham.

Enter your postcode and click "go" to find out what is local to you:

Search the database

Community neighbourhood support team

The team supports citizens aged 18 and over, of all backgrounds, who may be facing a variety of challenging life situations, including those with learning disability or learning difficulties.

The support offered is split in to 2 levels depending on your needs:

  • Level 1: Providing advice and information to signpost you to different services and organisations around Birmingham who can help
  • Level 2: Working more closely with you and providing in-depth support for more complex issues, for as long as you need it to meet your desired outcomes.

The community network support officers (CNSOs) have a number of drop-in surgeries in their constituencies, where they can meet citizens face-to-face.

Find out more about the team and the drop-in sessions

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that looks at finding different ways to help you do tasks and activities, to improve your ability to live independently.

Find more out about the occupational therapy service for adults, including times and locations of drop-in sessions.

Placing vulnerable urban residents into employment (PURE)

PURE is a unique project that supports people aged over 25 who have complex educational, training, or employment needs..

The scheme is about:

  • building confidence
  • developing useful skills
  • helping people find new opportunities

Find out more about PURE, including if you are eligible and how to apply.

Living with support offers

Lead worker service

Our lead worker services replace the old floating support services and supports people with learning disabilities in their own homes.

The aim of the service is to enable vulnerable adults aged over 18 to live healthy, happy independent lives within their communities.

To provide a period of stability, support may be offered for up to 2 years.

You can currently self-refer to the service through our 2 partners:

Midland Mencap

Longhurst Group

Accommodation based Support

Our supported accommodation services for learning disabilities provide supported living services to those aged 18 and over who are working towards greater independence.

Supported accommodation provides a solution for vulnerable adults, with a learning disability, when they need to move from their existing accommodation..

The service provides accommodation, with support to:

  • build resilience
  • improve wellbeing
  • move towards independence

To provide a period of stability accommodation may be offered for up to 2 years.

You can currently self-refer to the service through our partners:

Birmingham Rathbone

Hambury Court, Birmingham - GreenSquareAccord

Page last updated: 22 February 2024

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