Learning Disability

Learning Disabilities

Abbey Gateway Club

A club to support adults with a learning disability in the North Devon area.


Audience Club Exeter


The Audience Club is a membership based social group, supporting adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities to access and attend theatre, music and dance events in Exeter. Their club enables members to book their tickets, attend events, socialise and enjoy time within the community without their usual care givers. The club benefits its members by tackling social isolation, increasing cultural exposure and creating opportunities for self-advocacy. Together, they go out, have fun and share opinions and ideas about the wonderful places we have been and the great shows we have seen.



Bis-net offers training in challenging behaviour for parents and carers as well as one to one training and support.


Brandon Trust


Brandon Trust is a UK charity working across Southern England supporting approximately 1,600 children and adults with learning disabilities and autism, ensuring people we support are connected in their community and wider society. They are also encouraging and equipping more people they support to live in their own homes; as well as ensuring that everyone with a learning disability has the right and the capacity to have their voice heard.





Camphill Devon


Camphill Devon provides accommodation and support to adults with a learning disability. They offer registered residential accommodation at Hapstead Village in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Supported living is also provided in the Teignbridge and South Hams area of Devon.




CEDA is an independent registered charity and not-for-profit company limited by guarantee which provides learning and social opportunities to disabled people in Devon. They run an activity hub, youth and community services as well as arts and culture.


Challenging Behaviour Foundation


A charity for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, making a difference to the lives of children and adults across the UK through:
• providing information about challenging behaviour
• peer support groups for family carers and professionals
• supporting families by phone or email
• running workshops to reduce challenging behaviour
• speaking up for families nationally / campaigning
Our vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else.
We work to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities.
https://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk t: General Enquiries 01634 838739 / Family Support Line 0300 666 0126

Devon Information Advice and Support Service


Provides children and young people from 0-25 who have special eduction needs or disabilities, and their parents and carers, with legally based and easy accessible information about education, health and social care. This is a free confidential and impartial service.


Devon Link-Up


Devon Link Up is an independent service user led charity for people who have learning disabilities and / or Autism. Our aim is to give people a voice and choice about the things that are important in their lives. They run speaking up groups across Devon and are involved in many events and projects including Blue Light Day and the Learning Disability Partnership Board.

https://www.devonlink-up.org/ t: 01404 41235

Devon Partnership Trust – Learning Disability Team


NHS services for adults with learning disabilities. Nurses can offer support with hospital appointments, investigations and stays in hospital as well as information on annual health checks and other health concerns.


Down South


Down South are a group that has been formed by parents and carers to support people with Down’s syndrome and their families and friends, and anyone touched by Down’s syndrome, living in the Torbay, South Hams and Teignbridge areas of South Devon.



Down’s Syndrome Association


Down’s Syndrome Association provide information, support, the latest research and news for people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers as well as professionals. There is a wealth of information on their website as well as many other services. They have a store of downloadable information sheets and recommendations. Their main office is in London, but they also have an office in Devon based in Hannahs at Seal Hayne, outside Newton Abbot and run training days for parents and professionals.

https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/ t: 0333 1212 300



Dream-a-Way are an Exeter based charity helping to make dreams come true for Devon’s children and adults with disabilities or life affecting health conditions. Currently they have helped nearly 3,000 people – more than 400 enjoy wonderful days out, over 1200 guests enjoyed the beautiful Devon seaside in one of their luxury caravans at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Sandy Bay near Exmouth and more than 100 people each year experienced their Dream Holiday.


IPSEA – Independent Provider of Special Education Advice

IPSEA is a charity that offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities.


Leap of Faith 


Leap of Faith Adventures offers a range of outdoor adventure for all abilities. We can tailor our activities to meet the needs of each group or individual. We are based in Exeter, Devon and currently provide activities such as caving, climbing, archery, bushcraft, canoeing/kayaking and walking/expeditions. We can work on a 1:1 basis or with small groups and can travel within the South West if required.


Life Works


Life Works is for children and adults with Learning Disabilities. The charity delivers a wide range of programmes and services including residential and respite care, further education at Life Works College, life skills training, youth clubs, community projects, sport and leisure events.

https://lifeworks-uk.org t: 01803 840744



Made-Well is a not for profit community interest company, based at West Fishleigh Farm in Hatherleigh.
The service provides a range of constructive, purposeful and positive ‘day opportunities’ for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental ill health diagnosis. Made-Well is an inclusive service with the ethos of actively encouraging full participation irrespective of age, background, qualifications, training or ability.
We support people to enjoy, experience and learn about horticulture, cookery, animal care, therapeutic arts, countryside management and much more. We run an extensive range of sessions which are designed to offer people a wide choice of meaningful activities.
www.made-well.co.uk t: 01837 810584



Mencap provide advice and support including: Learning Disability explained, services, health, relationships, children and young people, social care, housing, benefits and local groups. They also provide an online community ‘HealthUnlocked’ where you can find lots of helpful posts and discussions.

In partnership with NHS England they also have an animation called ‘Don’t Miss Out‘ to raise the importance for people with learning disabilities to be on their GP’s register to access extra support.


New Key


New Key provides support to people living in supported living accommodation in Torquay, Totnes and Kingskerswell. People who use the service include those with with physical disabilities, autism or learning difficulties. They help people to live independently and assist them to live the lives they want. They support people to achieve outcomes in managing their own money, making friendships, finding work, managing their home, finding and attending local groups, exercising and cooking skills.


North Devon Family Carers


A group set up by parents offering support and advice in regular meetings for carers of people with learning disabilities.

Please contact Ann Deadman for more information: aldeadman@btinternet.com

Shared Lives South West


Shared lives South West is an award winning charity that delivers long term and short break care services throughout Devon and Cornwall. We provide care and support and are an alternative to supported living and residential care.
Established in 2004, we are a highly regarded care provider, rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. We have a very strong reputation in the Shared Lives sector for quality, innovation and person-centred approaches.
We specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health problems, dementia and older people. People who use our services live or have a break in the home of one our approved carers. It’s similar to adult fostering and is a great alternative to supported living or residential care.
There are short videos on the website that will give you more idea of what the services are about. Look under the “services” button near the top of the web page.
https://www.sharedlivessw.org.uk/ t: 01626 360170

Soundwaves Music Project


Soundwaves works with people with and without learning difficulties to make music, have fun and through a creative process build our skills and confidence. Two groups run in the week on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Their sessions are two hours long and can be noisy, energised or quiet and reflective.

Saturdays are fun filled, with a large group of people all taking part in various music activities. There is always singing, often dancing and regular song-writing activities. The Tuesday Group is a much quieter group and is called our ‘Chill out’ group. Suitable for people who do not like big gatherings and take splace Saturdays evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm.


The Northam Care Trust


Offers person centred support to individuals with learning and physical disabilities. They also support older people and individuals with dementia. Based in Bideford, they provide residential and day opportunities where excellent communication, respect and a set of values and behaviours underpin their work. They work with and support carers through co-production. Excellence, personalisation and engagement are at the very core of what they do.

www.northamcaretrust.co.uk t: 01237 477238

The Plough Prism


An exciting weekly drama workshop for adults with disabilities at The Plough Arts Centre. Supported by The Clare Milne Trust. £3.50 per participant


The Turning Tides Project


The Turning Tides Project believes that everyone has the right to equal access to music, the arts and life. They intend to make this right a reality for people with learning disability or autism in Devon. They run an enabling service (EPIC), Accessible Communication (Small Talk), training , projects, sessions, performances, Crediton Station Tea Rooms and gardening services.

http://www.theturningtidesproject.org.uk/ t: 01363 772572

Total Communication Now


Total Communication Now is a community based service which promotes the use of all communication skills. They offer practical advice and support for anyone with a communication disability or difficulty, their family, carers or support staff. They have a south and west team, north team and Exeter, East and Mid Devon Teams. Please check the website for further information.


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