Learning disabilities

To support our residents who have a learning disability, we have a full range of support resources that can help them maintain independent, safe and active lives.  The variety of local groups and national organisations with whom we work are able to provide the right type of help and advice, that’s designed to ensure that an individual's needs can be met, and their daily lives enhanced. 

The Community Learning Disability Team

Health and Social Care staff who support adults with learning disabilities, their families, and carers. They may be able to support you if you are 18 and over, have a learning disability and live in the Royal Borough of Kingston, or have a GP in Kingston. They can be reached at: Sessions House, 17 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6AF

Email: [email protected]     Telephone: 020 8547 6558

Involve

 is a team of people with a learning disability who work for Kingston Council. We speak up for people with learning disabilities living in the Royal Borough of Kingston. Members of the team feedback the things that people have told us are important to them, for example in meetings at the Council or with Healthwatch, so things can be improved for people with a learning disability.

We review documents - e.g. posters, leaflets - and make them easy read. These easy read versions are produced and made available to residents by email and shared on the Kingston Council website. 

The Involve team organises friends chats so people can get in contact with others who have learning disabilities. These happen every 6 weeks where you can chat about different subjects e.g. staying safe online. If you would like to contact us you can email: [email protected]

Useful sources of support to help you live independently:

Health   

Mental wellbeing

Easy read information

Friendship & relationships

Things to do - Meet old friends, make new ones:   

  • Look on Connected Kingston for fun things to do. There is also a list of online activities here. 
  • Day centres: Home Farm Trust/ Enhanceable/ Avenues/ Eco-op - Contact them to find out what support they offer at this time.
  • Kingston Mencap runs a lot of online activities. Contact Michelle Kitsch on [email protected]  to find out more.
  • Tag - a youth club for disabled young people with a disability to meet up with their friends, take part in fun activities and learn social and life skills.
  • Local Offer website up to age 25 - information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.

Get involved - Have a say - Join in 

Help with speaking up   

  • Cambridge House - if you have problems with benefit claims, housing and support issues
  • Powher  - if you are not happy with the NHS
  • Kingston Advocacy Group - helps vulnerable people have a say in decisions that affect them and how they live their lives.

Education

Volunteering

  • Volunteering Kingston - the service for Volunteers and Active Citizens within the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.
  • Eco-op - a charity project who promote physical and mental well-being through learning and activities. Offer pathways into college and other local community activities for vulnerable adults.

Help to find a job  

Money      

Housing   

Transport

  • Blue badge - how to apply for one and how to use them
  • Disabled parking bay - apply online for a disabled person’s parking bay
  • Freedom pass - gives free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally
  • Travel mentoring - learn to use public transport with training from Transport For London.

Accessible places       

Safeguarding   

Are you being hurt or upset?

Tell someone you trust. Do it straight away. You can phone the Care Management team on 020 8547 6558 or phone 999 if it's an emergency.

If you would like to learn more about how to keep safe when out and about, we run a group to learn about personal safety. Please contact The Community Learning Disability Team.

Safe Places

A Safe Place is a place to go - such as a shop or a venue - where there are people who will help people with learning disabilities if they ever feel unsafe or need some help in the community. The Safe Place logo can be seen in shop windows in and around Kingston and you need a Safe Place card to sign up to be part of the Scheme. If you are out in the community and you are:

  • bullied
  • picked on
  • hit
  • made to feel unsafe or scared

Go to a place where you see the Safe Place sign.

Safe Place logo

Places that display the Safe Place sign have staff who can support you to get help. Make sure you carry your Safe Place card to help them to help you.

Safe Place Card

 

Further Information

  • All Age Learning Disability Plan - Easy read version - making life better for people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Connected Kingston - information on support available in Kingston 
  • Calendar of online activities - chat and social activities to join-in 
  • Achieving for Children - The Royal Borough of Kingston is working with Achieving for Children, NHS South West London CCG and others to improve the lives of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.  
  • Local Offer website - Information about support for children and young people with learning disabilities. 
  • Your Healthcare - for community healthcare services and specialist help and support.        Hollyfield House, 22 Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL  Tel: 020 8339 8000
  • Connect clinic at the Wolverton Centre - provides social health and relationship support and advice to help people with learning disabilities, autism and aspergers. 

 

Last Modified: 18/06/2021 16:16:03

Contact the Community Learning Disability Team

Address: Sessions House
17 Ewell Road
Surbiton
KT6 6AF

Telephone: 020 8547 6558