SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS
click here for a link to St Helens Council's web pages detailing social care services for adults with learning disabilities, or go to www.sthelens.gov.uk/social-care-health/adults/peoples-services-for-adults-with-additional-needs/
ACTIVATE - Education provider based in Kirkby for young adults 19 - 24, free to access
via Educational Healthcare Plan. Two main programs, both delivered in small group of 10, 3 days a week term-time.
Activate Arts - for young adults with mild to moderate learnings disabilities, and
Activate Choices for those with profound learning disabilities/complex
health needs. Activate believe in taking students out into the community
as much as possible. For more information, contact 0151 545 1279.
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ACTIVE COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE (ACE) - 0151 290 1441- - A local support
agency for Adults with Learning Disabilities. Have a menu of weekly
activities which clients can access, and support staff and transport are
available. Services include leisure and cultural activities, assisted
work placements (both paid and voluntary), training, and weekly social
events in Liverpool and Widnes, including nightclub events
• DEAF - 01744 23887 - Deaf Resource Centre, Dentons Green Lane.
Advocates for Physical and Sensory Disabilities (Gill Valentine) and
D/Deaf and Hard of Hearing people (Kate Boddy). Advocates are
independent, not Local Authority posts.
• LEARNING DISABILITY - 01744 730266 - David Webster. 3rd Floor, Tontine
House, Church Street, St Helens.
• MENTAL HEALTH - 01744 453343 - CDP, 2nd Floor, Tontine House, Church
Street, St Helens.
• SELF ADVOCATES (Learning Disability) - 01744 613853 - St Helens
People's Choice, 2nd Floor, Tontine House, Church Street, St Helens.
BRIGHTER FUTURES - 01695 724361 - Centre based in Skelmersdale which
services and repairs mobility equipment. Offer training courses to
disabled and able bodied in basic mechanics, mathematics and
electronics. Contact centre for full details or go to
BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES
- Organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for people
with learning disability, and their carers. Have fact sheets, training
courses and events to raise awareness of conditions and services
BROWNS SHORT BREAKS - 01744 778357 - Meeting place for 18-65 year olds
who are disabled or have a learning disability. Meet each Monday and
Saturday from 10-3, at Chain Lane Community Centre, Blackbrook, cost £
10/hr. Clients can attend periods of hour up to full day. Can use direct
payment for this service, but do not have to have had a Social Services
assessment. They also organise weekend respite breaks
CHAIN LANE COMMUNITY CENTRE - 01744 606676, Alan Griffiths. Gateway
club. Meet every Friday evening, £ 5 per session. The club caters for
adults aged 25 and upwards who have severe learning disabilities and
need a lot of support. Activities include meals out and trips to the
cinema, and there have been short breaks arranged as well. Each person
will be supported by their individual personal assistant, which must be
someone employed to provide care support, not a family member. The club
is for those with severe learning disabilities, who cannot access other
services. A risk assessment and care plan is recorded for everyone who
CHANGING PLACE - ‘Changing Place’ facilities are a large room with
privacy, an adjustable height changing table, overhead ceiling track
hoist, toilet and sometimes a showering facility. You provide your own
sling. The facilities are accessed using a RADAR key, available at the
site. A new ‘Changing Place’ has opened at Liverpool One Shopping
Centre. Other Changing Places locally are situated at the Trafford
Centre, Warrington Bus Station and Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.
CIC VOCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICE - Support people with Learning
difficulties to access employment. Referrals can come from individuals
or Care Managers, and can be funded through Direct Payments. Those not
using ASCH will have support to identify funding sources. Costs are £
COALITION OF DISABLED PEOPLE - 453343 - Schemes are aimed at people with
learning/physical disabilities aged 18+. Referrals are required from a
Care Manager following a Community Care Assessment. (N.B: Coalition also
provide other services: Mental Health - Advocate, Keep in Touch Group
and Self Help Groups. Direct Payments: DP advisors. Disability
• ENABLING SCHEME - 757875 - An ongoing programme to assist people to
access and enjoy a range of social and leisure activities. Aim to
promote independence and social inclusion
• INTERLINK AND OUTREACH GROUP - Meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Sessions are supported by paid staff and volunteers who conduct
recreational activities with members, enabling them to access public and
• ALLOTMENT PROJECT - Meet weekly to learn how to maintain the allotment
• WEEKEND BREAK SCHEME - A programme of planned weekend breaks for
adults with learning disabilities who have been assessed as needing
short breaks as part of their care/support plan
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING GROUP - 01744 751 759/ email@example.com
- The aim of this group is to allow people with additional support needs
to volunteer in a friendly group setting. This group is for people aged
16 and over. Members will be taking part in a variety of activities such
as bucket collections, card making, coffee mornings etc. They plan to
adopt a worthwhile charity and support them in their work. The group
will meet fortnightly at the Millennium Centre. If you would like to
know more or to join the group please contact Jude or John at St Helens
COMMUNITY INTEGRATED CARE (CIC) -
www.c-i-c.co.uk National organisation with local services.
Provide range of schemes, including supported living, developing
employment opportunities and residential care homes.
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COMPUTER TRAINING - UCanDoIT - 020 7730 7766 - Charity that provides
home tuition to blind, deaf and physically disabled people. The person
would need their own computer, and training usually consists of ten
lessons. Lessons cost from £ 5 depending upon a person's income.
DEAFNESS RESOURCE CENTRE - 23887 - provide various practical and group
support services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
FAMILY WELFARE ASSOCIATION -
http://www.family-action.org.uk - A family charity, supporting
families to cope with complex issues including domestic abuse, parents
with mental illness, learning disabled parents and severe financial
FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES -
www.learningdisabilities.org.uk - National organisation promoting
rights, quality of life and opportunities for people with learning
disabilities. Have several projects for families, including the 'Older
Families Initiative'. Links to information sheets on website
HEALTH ACTION PLANS - A 5 Boroughs project to set up personal plans
about what a person with learning disabilities can do to be healthy. The
plan helps to make sure people get the services and support they need to
be healthy. Aim to establish contact with GP and person with learning
disability, how to plan healthy life style. For further details, or to
join the project contact Mark Williams on 01925 575904, email
HEROES PROJECT - A Manchester based scheme for Learning Disabled people
to demonstrate their abilities and develop Life Skills. Projects include
music and entertainment development, the Life Skills challenge which
looks at daily living activities and how to increase competence, and
social events such as Inclusive Club nights in Liverpool, Manchester and
MACINTYRE - 01908 230100 - Charity supporting people with a learning
disability Have some funds available for equipment and breaks. Provide
MENCAP - St Helens Branch office - 01744 634547 - Answer machine,
messages picked up regularly. Alternatively, telephone Norman Davies
(Chairman, St Helens Branch) 01744 731471 / 0781 112 5045
Brian Smith, (Regional Contact) 0161 968 9250
Provide advice, information and emotional support for Carers of children
and adults with learning disabilities. Campaign for improvement in
services for Vulnerable Adults
MIDSTREAM - 01695 555316 - Based in Skelmersdale, transport available.
Offer hands on work activity and nationally recognised qualifications
for those with learning difficulties. Also offer a job search help to
those who do not wish to access the work opportunities there.
NORTHWEST TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM www.nwtdt.com - 01254 306850 -
Organisation that provide training forums for Adults with Learning
Difficulties who wish to become more active in policy making and
development of services Also provide information and training on Person
Centred Planning, and planning for the future with older Carers - check
website for details of events and training sessions
SHAW TRUST - 454577 - A free service, working with anyone who has a
barrier to education or employment.
• Offer basic English, Maths and IT courses
• Job Brokerage Scheme for those on sickness related benefits in
connection with Job Centre Plus
• employment support - CV writing, accessing and applying for work etc
• Next Step - Help to access voluntary work with a view to placement and
ST.HELENS PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 01925 223233. Address: 19 Heydock Road,
Newton Le Willows, WA13 9AB. Website:
People's Choice are an organisation who work with people who have a
learning difference. They campaign on behalf of people, run training
sessions and have fun. Everyone at People’s Choice has a job to do. The
office is run by people who have a learning difference. Training
sessions aim to improve communication skills, develop individuals to
attend meetings, group sessions and events.
SAFER IN TOWN - Click here for information flyer. St Helens Peoples
Choice, with the support of the St Helens Hate Crime Partnership have
launched a new initiative called Safer in Town. Shops, Cafes, Offices
and other public buildings who are supportive of the scheme display a
prominent red and white sticker. Individuals who take part are issued
with a key ring or fold out card, with their preferred emergency contact
details. They can take this into any establishment showing the sticker
should they feel vulnerable, and a member of staff will assist them.
Contact 613853 for more details or to register.
ST.HELENS SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT - 07717 677828 - Supported Employment
Service aims to enable people with extra needs to make the next steps
towards the world of work. They offer work tasters, placements and
source voluntary opportunities. They also offer tailor made support to
those who need a little extra help to find and hold down real jobs
within their community. Service is based within Stephenson's Resource
Centre in Rainhill.
Organisation that offers support and advice for those with a brother or
sister with a learning disability, long term illness or disability.
Information and fact sheets available from this site
- National Charity supporting those with learning disabilities and their
- website for people who are caring for someone with a learning
disability. Over 800 practical tips and ideas here. 'Netbuddy' is all
about pooling the vast expertise of parents, carers, teachers and
therapists, anyone with first-hand experience of learning disability.
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