If you care for a person with a learning disability, whether it's your son or daughter, brother or sister, parent, partner or other relative or friend, you are not alone
Family carers of people with learning disabilities are often unique amongst carers in that they will experience a lifetime of caring, as a son, daughter or sibling with learning disabilities, who may have been expected to have a short lifespan thirty or forty years ago, may now be living a longer and more fulfilling life.
The World Health Organisation defines learning disabilities as a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind. This means that somebody with a learning disability will have difficulties understanding, learning and remembering, and these difficulties will have an effect on their ability to interact socially, to communicate with others, to learn new things, and sometimes to undertake physical tasks.
Negotiating the health, education and social care systems through infancy, childhood and adulthood is a daunting task and at each stage can bring increased challenges and unwelcome changes for both Carer and the person being cared for.
Come along to the Learning Disabilities carers group for advice and support, with others who know what you are going through.
Learning Disability carers group
- For carers of people with learning disabilities
- 10 - 12pm 4th Friday of the month
- Pilgrim Centre, Bedford
27 July: Outcomes evaluation & Carers Action Plan discussion
24 August: Billy Chase, ELFT Clinical Nurse, Intensive Support Team
28 September: Relaxation Therapy with Mel
26 October: Hilary Tuohy, Age UK
23 November: Living It Up- Claire/Fizz
14 December: Christmas Party
Apply online here to register with us.