Learning disability services
If you, or a friend or relative, has needs arising from a learning disability, the information on this page may help.
If you live in the county, visit our Locate - care and support in County Durham website to find social care and support services and information.
What type of services are available?
There are lots of supervised activities available locally for people with learning disabilities. Find out more about Care services outside your home or visit our Locate website.
Learning disability teams can provide specialist support by joining up relevant expertise. Contact Social Care Direct to see whether there is an integrated service which can help meet your needs.
Durham Shared Lives
Shared Lives offers short term, long term and emergency support for adults with learning disabilities in the home of a Shared Lives Provider.
Hawthorn House, just outside Durham City, provides short break / respite opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs. Families and carers can also get a much needed break from their responsibilities.
The People's Parliament (County Durham)
The County Durham Learning Disabilities Parliament (also known as the People's Parliament County Durham) comprises of people who have an interest in the issues that affect people with a learning disability. Informal meetings for members are held at Framwellgate Moor Community Centre in Durham every fortnight between 10.00am - 12 noon on Wednesdays.