Specialist disability services in Northamptonshire

If you are looking for specialist disability services in Northamptonshire, the council can help.

They might provide you with information and advice, or you can contact the services here to see whether they are able to support you.

Sensory services in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB)
NAB is the county’s largest provider of services to visually impaired people in Northamptonshire, yet they remain a wholly independent charity, providing free and confidential support for blind and partially sighted people, their carers or loved ones, on all aspects of their lives.

37 Harborough Road, Northampton NN2 7BB
Helpline: 01604 719193
Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm Fax: 01604 716048
Email: helpline@nab.org.uk Web: www.nab.org.uk

Previously known as the Northants and Rutland Mission to the Deaf, Deafconnect is a charity that aims to empower all people with a hearing loss to achieve their full potential and become fully included members of the community. Deafconnect has been providing services for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people for over 130 years.

Spencer Dallington Community Centre
Tintern Avenue, Northampton NN5 7BZ
Tel: 01604 589011

Learning disability

There are currently 15 day services in Northamptonshire which provide support to adults with a learning disability and breaks for their carers.

This includes support to help adults with a learning disability to be included in their local community and to make choices about the opportunities they wish to experience.

This may be support to find a work placement, paid employment, a volunteering opportunity, to access leisure activities or to learn new things at college or through Adult Learning courses.

Shared Lives
A Shared Lives placement can be somewhere to live, to stay for a short break, to go for day time support, or support to live in your own home. You will be supported by someone called a Shared Lives carer who will share their home with you and include you as part of their family.

Supported living
The Council support people with a learning disability to live independently within their community, either on an individual basis in self-contained flats or in shared accommodation.

Care homes for people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire
The Council provide a residential respite and short break service for adults with a learning disability aged 18-65 years. Accommodation can be provided for six weeks to six months depending on the needs of the individual and support and assistance is provided to develop self-help skills and to plan for future needs.

For further information, please contact the Customer Service Centre:
John Dryden House,
Northampton NN4 7YD
Tel: 0300 126 1000
Email: acss@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Centres for Independent Living
Supporting disabled people and carers across Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living provides specialist disability services in Northamptonshire for disabled and older people and provides a range of services to help people to remain independent in their own communities. It is run by a user-led organisation.

The centre holds vast information relating to everything disabled people, their families and carers may need to know. Its Information Libraries contain information in a range of accessible formats with trained staff to help with issues such as assistive technology, benefits, Direct Payments, training and disability rights.

It has equipment areas that will let you try some of the things you might need to use like wheelchairs, walking frames, stair lifts, cutlery and things you might use in the kitchen or the bathroom. This will help you decide what to buy.

Support available includes:
• Wheelchair Hire Scheme and equipment sales;
• disability rights information;
• disability information and advice;
• display areas including disability-related equipment and daily living aids;
• Welfare Benefits support;
• independent support for Direct Payments, PA recruitment and payroll; and
• carers’ information.

It is open Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm. You are welcome to drop in between these times, however to be sure of not having to wait please make an appointment by contacting the centre using the main telephone number or emailing: equip.info@northamptonshirecil.org.uk.

The centre also takes its services out into the community, if you would like to find out more about the outreach services then please visit the website or telephone the main number below.

Gladstone Road Resource Centre
Gladstone Road, Northampton NN5 7EJ
Tel: 01604 588501 Fax: 01604 591276
Text: 07751 359396
Web: www.northamptonshirecil.org.uk

Or you can contact us and make an appointment that suits you.

Help to live at home
The Olympus Care Services Community Support and Accommodation Team provide support, specifically for younger adults (18-65 years) who have a physical disability to help you live independently within your own homes.

Pine Lodge Reablement Centre is run by Olympus Care Services. Pine Lodge is a centre for younger adults to enhance their skills for independence. It has 6 self-contained suites and the support is delivered within a non-residential setting with registered domiciliary support. If necessary, therapy services are available.

The service is designed to either support someone moving out of residential care or for someone undergoing the reablement service to remain in their own home, or if necessary, to access suitable housing to do so. The length of stay at the Centre can be for a period of up to six months but the average time is around twelve weeks. Where the person does not have any family or friends to respond to, a telecare alarm system, the service based within the unit can respond to that need, please contact the unit for more details.

All services are charged for and a financial assessment by Northamptonshire County Council is required. Access to the six suites is via referrals from Northamptonshire County Council and must satisfy our eligibility criteria.

Pine Lodge Reablement Centre
Motala Close, Corby, Northants NN18 9EJ
Tel: 01536 742043

Mental health

Short Term Interventions
This service provides outcomes focused social care support of up to six weeks for individuals whose mental health needs are affected by their social circumstances. The Council supports individuals to access a range of community-based help and advice, including housing,
benefits advice and activities to promote their community involvement.

To make a referral telephone:
North of the County (Corby, Kettering, East Northants and Wellingborough Council areas): 01536 416108
South of the County (Northampton, Daventry and South Northants Council areas): 01604 753887

Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)
Whilst the Council works closely with customers to promote independence and enable them to continue living in the community, there are occasions where a person’s mental health deteriorates to a point where they need hospital admission. When this happens, sometimes due to the nature of their illness, people do not always recognise their need to be in hospital; and where there are significant risks to their own health, their own safety or the protection of others, the Council may need to consider using the Mental Health Act to enforce admission and treatment.

The Council takes their legal responsibilities seriously and try and make sure people experiencing a mental health crisis get professional assessment, care and treatment quickly.

The Council provides a round-the-clock Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) service in the county. The staff are specially trained and authorised to carry out Mental Health Act assessments on the County Council’s behalf for people in crisis. This service is not determined by age or specialism.

AMHPs work closely with medical practitioners and partner agencies to find the best solutions for customers and carers. Sometimes this may require an admission to a mental health hospital for further assessment and care.

In all cases AMHPs seek to find solutions that work to the least restrictive option, seeking to support people within their own homes wherever possible and only using the powers of the Mental Health Act when all other options have been eliminated.

Referrals to this service will usually be made by professionals working with users of the service but they will give consideration to referrals from family members or carers who have serious concerns about the health and wellbeing of people experiencing a mental health crisis.

In Northamptonshire, all AMHPs have a professional background in social work but they may also be qualified nurses, occupational therapists or psychologists who have undertaken specialist Mental Health Act training.

Tel: 0300 1261017
9.00am–9.00pm, Monday to Friday or
Tel: 01604 626938 (24 hours at weekends)
9.00pm–9.00am, Monday to Friday