Who We Support
We support all carers of people with learning disabilities. Most carers are parents, relatives or friends and all of them take the responsibility of caring for, supporting and looking after the interests of their loved ones.
It is impossible to disentangle the needs and interests of carers from those of the people they care for, therefore supporting carers means that we also support all those with learning disabilities. It does not matter what sort of learning disability they possess and whether they have a diagnosis or not.
We support the carers of children and of adults in any sort of setting in which they live, at home, in residential care, in supported living or on their own. We also encourage and support the development of many activities which people with learning disabilities and their carers participate in, whether it is work, education and training, social activities, leisure and so on.
How we support
While we do not run an individual information service we respond to queries through our own office and our networks by pointing people to the information, tools and the services they need. We also influence policy on issues that matter to families through our role on both the Learning Disability Ministerial Group and Carers Ministerial Group as well as other strategic networks and partnerships.
We support and encourage the development of opportunities to improve carer voice, rights and agency through our project work, which you can find more about by visiting our pages on our past projects or our page on our new project, Caring Communities of Change.