London Borough of Croydon

What does the term 'learning disability' mean?

This means that a person is much less able or slower than others to learn new tasks and manage on their own without support from others. Some people with a learning disability may have other disabilities too, such as epilepsy or a physical disability.

Can I get a service?

You can get a service if:

  • you have a clear and permanent learning disability and need support to manage your life
  • you have specialist health needs that your GP cannot help you with
  • you live in Croydon or have always been supported by Croydon. (If another local authority already provides you with support, they may continue to do so.)
  • you are over the age of 18
  • you are the carer of a person with a learning disability who lives in Croydon.

What services are available for adults with learning disabilities?

The following services are available for adults with learning disabilities:

Croydon Shared Lives Scheme

This is a scheme (formerly called Adult Placements) for adults with vulnerabilities who need support in order to live as inclusively and independently as possible.

Advocacy

VoiceAbilty offers an advocacy service. There are also self-advocacy groups such as People First and First Friday.

Day services

We have a number of day services offering activities for adults with learning disabilities. More information can be found via Day services for people with learning disabilities.

Direct payments

Our Circles of Support project helps to increase the number of people with learning disabilities who receive direct payments.

In an emergency

You can contact the joint community learning disability emergency response team Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm in an emergency, or to find out about services (details below).

Support with employment

We offer support to help people keep their jobs or get jobs and move into employment.  Employment Support Services within Croydon Day Opportunities Ltd (part of Croydon Care Solutions Ltd) provides personal support for people with learning disabilities.

Home care

We can arrange for home care help including personal and intimate care.

Housing and support options

We offer specialist help to arrange the most appropriate housing options, including residential care and nursing care.

Respite or short breaks

We run a residential respite centre on Heather Way. Access to respite care is also available to some clients in NHS residential homes.

Specialist psychiatric services

There are two consultant psychiatrists for adults with learning disabilities that work as part of the joint community learning disability team. They can help people with learning disabilities who also have mental illness or challenging behaviours.

Transport

We aim to provide accessible transport for everyone who needs it.

How to contact us

For more information and advice, please contact social services for adults or the joint community learning disability emergency response team.

Out of office hours please contact the emergency duty social worker at the contact details below. Ask to speak to a social worker or leave your name and phone number and a social worker will call you back.

Contacts

Emergency duty social worker

Telephone: 
020 8726 6500

Joint Community Learning Disability Emergency Response Team

Telephone: 
020 8726 6500
Address Line:

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon

CR0 1EA

Social services for adults

Telephone: 
020 8726 6500
Minicom: 
020 8760 5797
Address Line:

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon

CR0 1EA

VoiceAbility

Job Title: 
Croydon Office
Telephone: 
0208 330 6644
Address Line:

McMillan House,

54 Cheam Common Road,

Worcester Park, Surrey,

KT4 8RH

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