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What support is available?

Social Care Direct

There are three Community teams for learning disabilities in Wakefield. They work together to provide social work and community nursing to adults who have a diagnosed learning disability. Social Care Direct provides assessments and manages the care for adults with a learning disability.


Dimensions supports people with learning disabilities, autism, and complex needs and helps them with their day to day lives. They support people with learning disabilities to have a louder voice, as well as more choice and control over their lives. 

The team at Dimensions aim to deliver effective and personalised support to the people they help.

Newhaven low secure learning disability service

Newhaven is a low secure service providing 16 beds for men who have a learning disability. This service is based at Fieldhead in Wakefield. It also provides an outreach service to support people to integrate back into the community. 

Newhaven provides high quality assessment and treatment packages. The packages are aimed towards men who have a learning disability, and those who present challenging behaviour that could bring them into contact with the criminal justice system.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a care and support service for people aged 17 and over. With the support of a Shared Lives Carer, you will be able to live independently in your community. 

This is a bespoke service and it is an alternative to supported living or residential care.


You can phone or email MenCap's Learning Disability Helpline for guidance and information on what support can be offered to you. 

You can also look at their online community to share your experiences or ask for advice and support from others.

Wakefield and District Down's Syndrome Support Group

The Wakefield and District Down's Syndrome Support Group aims to provide a support network, information and fun activities for people with Down's Syndrome. They raise awareness and promote social inclusion in a wide variety of ways.

The group also supports families in surrounding cities, including Barnsley, Dewsbury,  and more.


Sense is the national disability charity who supports people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities. They believe that everyone should be able to experience the world and their full potential.

Safer Places Scheme

The Safer Places Scheme is a voluntary scheme that aims to assist vulnerable people with learning disabilities, autism and dementia feel safer when travelling independently.

Lift Up Friends

Lift Up Friends is a group for adults learning disabilities. In this group, you can talk about issues, learn self-advocacy skills, share life experiences and make new friends.

Annual Health Checks

NHS GPs  in England can be paid to undertake annual health checks for people who have learning disabilities and meet the eligibility criteria.  For this health check, you must be:

  • aged 14 or over
  • on your GP practices' learning disability health checks register

The scheme also requires GP practices to undertake relevant training. They must also use a health check protocol that's been agreed with the local commissioning organisation.

Wakefield Adult Learning Disability Health Service

This service is a community health service for people with learning disabilities who need support to improve their health and wellbeing. It includes psychiatry, psychology, specialist learning disability nursing, therapists, and an intensive support team with many different skills.

Last updated: 11/7/2022