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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. Click here for website.
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 attends

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 £ 12.44/hour

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 Employment Partnership.)

• 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 community facilities
• 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/ - 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 Volunteer Centre.

COMMUNITY INTEGRATED CARE (CIC) -  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 -  - A family charity, supporting families to cope with complex issues including domestic abuse, parents with mental illness, learning disabled parents and severe financial hardship

FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES - - 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 Chester

MACINTYRE - 01908 230100 - Charity supporting people with a learning disability Have some funds available for equipment and breaks. Provide support services.

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 - 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 possible employment

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 families  - 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. It's a place for sharing adv




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