Help & Information

If you are a person with a learning disability, a family member, friend or supporter, you may want to speak to someone to get information and support.

There are a range of people you can talk to and there are services and organisations that can support you.

To talk to someone about learning disabilities

  • Mencap Direct, which provides useful information and advice for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers on 0808 808 1111 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email
  • The Family Carer Support Service, run by Hft, on Freephone 0808 801 0448 for one to one support and advice to family carers supporting a relative with a learning disability. They also run events and produce guides written specifically for family carers
  • Your local Community Learning Disabilities Team. You can find out the contact details for your local team from your council - details of local councils can be found here:

Learning disabilities are many and varied and can affect someone in a wide variety of ways.

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Online Forums & Networks

Our forums are a great way of connecting people to all the latest news, information and ideas around supporting people with learning disabilities.

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Key Organisations

Find out about other key organisations that offer information and support, including helplines and local services for people with learning disabilities and their family carers.

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A collection of statistics relating to people with learning disabilities.

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A-Z of learning disability

A complete guide to learning disabilities, topical issues and sources of support.

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A national community of people interested in health and people with learning disabilities, including nurses, doctors, therapists, commissioners and professors.

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"Less than 18% of people with learning disabilities go to ordinary classes in a mainstream school."