Learning disability

Community support
There are five Drop In centres in the county, based in Cheltenham, Gloucester, the Forest of Dean, Stroud and Tewkesbury. They are open Monday to Friday 10.00am-5.00pm, except Tewkesbury, which is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is also a small service in Cirencester on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Cheltenham
2nd Floor Children’s Library
Chester Walk, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3TJ
Tel: 01242 244950

Gloucester
Three Cocks Lane, Gloucester GL1 2QU
Tel: 01452 529663

Stroud 
7-8 The Old Town House,
The Shambles, Stroud GL5 1AP
Tel: 01453 757081

Forest of Dean
The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford GL16 8HR
Tel: 01594 834436

Tewkesbury
The Library, Sun Street GL20 5NX
Tel: 01684 299315
Open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cirencester
Jubilee Club, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester GL7 1QX
Tel: 01453 757081
Open: Wednesdays 1.30–4.00pm and Thursdays 1.00-3.00pm
Mondays – meet outside the parish church, Market
Place, Cirencester to go for coffee at 2.00pm.

The Drop In is a service for people with learning disabilities who are over the age of 18. It is a place where they can get advice and support to live more independently. It provides a safe informal environment where people can simply drop in and find out about what other services are available to them in the local area.

It also provides support and advice with a wide rangeof issues, from housing bidding, to benefit and financial issues. Staff work closely with County Community Projects (CCPs) who can offer independent advice. CCP advocates can work with individuals to talk about and resolve concerns and problems independently.

Housing and support choices
If you are considering moving out of your family home, there are a number of options that could be explored. You may be able to have your own flat with support. There is also the option of supported living, where you can live independently or share a property with other people with support provided. The property is owned by a company other than the support provider, which gives security for tenants. It means the care provider can be changed,
without people losing their tenancy.

Support can include learning independent living skills like cooking, cleaning and money management, as well as help with health needs. Whether you choose your own flat with support or supported living, it will usually give you greater independence and choice than care
homes may be able to offer. There are other alternatives for people with learning disabilities too, such as Adult Placement or Shared Lives schemes, which can be set up
through Gloucestershire County Council.

An important change affecting people with learning disabilities is the use of personal budgets, putting you at the centre of how you choose to pay for your support. This may be in your own flat or house, a supported living scheme, care home or care home with nursing which specialises in this type of care.

Many adults with learning disabilities can live in their own homes in their local communities with support, but there may be times when an individual has specialist health care needs or behaviour that is particularly challenging when a care home may be more appropriate.Care homes for people with learning disabilities often specialise, for example some cater for people with autism and challenging behaviour or dementia.

A good home will provide opportunities to learn and maintain skills and opportunities to take part in enjoyable and stimulating activities. Care managers, social workers and community nurses from Gloucestershire County Council, who specialise in learning disability, will be able to give you information to enable you to make the right choices.Care providers that specialise in care for people with learning disabilities are shown with LDA in their listing.