Specialist Care Services

Specialist Care Services

Learning disability
If you are assessed as eligible for services from us, the Community Learning Disability Team can help you to access services designed around your specific needs. This might range from personal care provided in your own home, specialist equipment, help finding work, opportunities to volunteer, through to advice on your housing options.

We also provide a daytime support service which is delivered from a number of community settings including the new newly refurbished ‘Activity Hubs’ at the Centre for Independent Living on Whitegate Drive in Blackpool and the Old Library in Bispham. The Centre for Independent Living includes a café which provides work experience for people with a learning disability and is a vital part of an individual’s pathway to employment.

Physical disability
Blackpool Centre for Independent Living (BCIL) provides anyone living in Blackpool with a single point of contact for any issues relating to their disability and how they want to live their lives, as well as facilities for use by disabled people and the community. The Centre can provide a wide range of information and can help people link into other local services.

The Centre is fully accessible and help with personal care needs may be available if this is needed to support you accessing the centre, although this would need to be by prior arrangement agreed with you, including whether there is a charge for the care. You are always welcome to bring your own carer(s) with you if you wish. There is a fully equipped Changing Places toilet, and fully accessible showering facilities. Assisted showering can be arranged, subject to carer availability and may be subject to a charge, or your own carer(s) may assist you using our facilities.

There is a popular and reasonably-priced community café, meeting rooms, accessible IT in an informal setting (with help using computers available at various times) and the opportunity to get advice about and try equipment for daily living. There is also a range of health services targeted towards disabled people available, an independent advice service for disabled people, and volunteering opportunities with support tailored to your individual needs.

Contact them at:
259 Whitegate Drive
Blackpool FY3 9LJ
Tel: 01253 476880

Stroke services
The Blackpool Information Advice and Support Service provides practical assistance, essential information and emotional support to people who have had a stroke, family members and carers.

They help families prepare for the changes that inevitably happen because of a stroke, and make sure they are able to cope – both physically and emotionally. The service can also help people who live alone. They can be contacted on 01253 762665.

Mental health services
In Blackpool, health and social care services for adults with mental health problems are an integrated multi -disciplinary service. The Single Point of Access takes responsibility for the allocation of referrals to the most appropriate service within a range of service options. Contact: 01253 651225.

Mental Health Services for Older Adults can be accessed by contacting Shorelands on 01253 657350.

Dementia services
The Dementia Adviser Service is primarily for people with dementia, as well as their supporters and carers. It is available to any Blackpool resident who has a diagnosis of dementia or feels concerned about their memory and would like information and advice.

The Dementia Friendship & Support Network provides opportunities for people with dementia and their carers to meet each other, make friends and take part in a range of activities such as day trips across the North West, social afternoons, cabaret events, tea dances and much more. The Network helps people with dementia to come together and gain emotional and practical support from each other through the sharing of their own knowledge and experiences. The Network is available to any Blackpool resident who has early stage dementia.

Both the Dementia Adviser Service and the Dementia Friendship & Support Network can be contacted on 01253 405959.