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Services for people with a learning disability or autism

People with a learning disability or autism may need flexible care and support to live well.  There are a range of services available directly from the Council, and organisations chosen by the Council to provide the service.  These are known as ‘services commissioned by Newcastle City Council.’  This means that they have set standards that the provider organisation must meet, such as trained staff who have specific qualifications, care and support planning and quality processes which include gathering feedback from you.

Choosing a service

When you choose a service, it may be useful to think about:

  • the way you want to be treated
  • your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • how you want to live your life
  • your independence
  • do you need support to attend appointments
  • family and personal relationships
  • participation in work, education, training and leisure activities
  • how you will be protected from abuse and neglect
  • where you want to live
  • telecare

List of commissioned community providers for people with a learning disability or autism

  1. Ashdown Care Homes
  2. Azure
  3. Community Integrated Care
  4. Creative Support
  5. Dimensions (UK) LTD
  6. Education and Services for People with Autism Ltd
  7. Home Group
  8. Interactive Development
  9. Keyring Living Support Network
  10. Newcastle Homecare Associates
  11. Lifeways Community Care Ltd
  12. Livability
  13. Living Ambitions
  14. New Beginnings NE
  15. New Prospects
  16. Positive Life Choices (Springfield Healthcare)
  17. Possabilities
  18. Potens
  19. Real Life Options
  20. Shine Care Ltd
  21. St Annes Community Services
  22. St Cuthberts Care
  23. The Percy Hedley Foundation
  24. Turning Point
  25. UBU (Northern Lifecare)
  26. United Response
  27. Waymarks Ltd

The range of supported housing for people with learning disability and autism

There are a range of options to suit your needs, designed to be flexible and accessible.  To access these service, contact Community Health and Social Care Direct or speak to your social worker about a needs assessment.

This is the range of supported housing in Newcastle:

Community Clusters

If you need lots of support during the day and night you could live in your own bungalow in a group of five or six bungalows.  Care staff from one agency will help you with 24 hour care, planning and making decisions.

The Community Clusters of bungalows share a courtyard.  They are in Kenton, Denton, Byker, Walkergate and Newburn.

There are also community clusters where the bungalows are a short walk from each other.  Care staff will help you day and night.

Supported Living

Supported living services are available if you find it difficult to cope on your own at home.  You have your own tenancy and live with 2 to 4 other people.  Along with your housing, you receive personal care and support through the day and overnight

Enhanced supported living

This service, based at Allendale Court in West Denton, has 15 people living in three large apartments with ensuite bedrooms and communal areas.  Ideally this service supports people in transition from education or care or living in residential care outside Newcastle, who need extra support to develop their skills for daily living.  One care provider supports people for up to two years.

Concierge schemes

Concierge schemes support you to live in your own apartment. These schemes are in Fawdon, Kenton, Elswick, Benwell, Shieldfield, and Walkergate. Your support can be arranged through direct payments or the council can organise this for you. They provide:

  • on call service
  • your own package of support during the day
  • shared night time support
  • housing and welfare support
  • day activities

Concierge Plus schemes offer the same services but from the same care provider.

Community living networks

This is a network of individual properties that are a short distance (about two miles) from each other.  A support worker lives close by and will help people to manage mange their daily lives for up to 10 hours per week.  These schemes are in Arthurs Hill and Shieldfield.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a service aimed at adults with a learning disability who need overnight support and supervision. Shared Lives helps people to develop or maintain independent living skills, friendships and roots in their community.

The support allows people to live life to the full in their communities, without having to live alone or in a care home. Adults who need support are matched with a compatible Shared Lives carer who agrees to share their home and family (or community) life with that person. They will either move into their own room in the household or use the home as a base.

This can be longer term, with arrangements lasting for years, or short term, providing holidays or short breaks for family carers.

View the Shared Lives film.

Short breaks and crisis support

The Council two services to support adults in need of short term support.  You will need a needs assessment to gain access to these services:

  • Castle Dene for adults with profound learning difficulties and complex needs
  • Welford Centre, a day centre, for adults with profound learning disabilities and complex needs

Castle Dene

Castle Dene is a service in South Gosforth for adults with profound learning disabilities and additional complex needs.

The service aims to support people on a temporary basis. It is purpose built single storey accommodation for 8 people with:

  • bedrooms
  • accessible showers and bathrooms
  • toilets
  • TVs, music equipment and portable sensory equipment
  • a full ceiling track hoist system through the building
  • large sensory garden.
  • lounges and common areas with adapted furniture so people with different needs can access our facilities

Welford Centre

The Welford Centre is a day centre for adults over the age of 18 who have learning disabilities and additional complex needs. It is a large ground floor building. It is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building has four large main rooms with more rooms for activities. There is a large accessible garden with a wild life pond and raised flower beds.

The building is fully equipped with a range of resources including:

  • communication aids
  • physiotherapy equipment
  • specialist moving and handling equipment
  • rebound therapy room
  • sensory room
  • pottery room
  • meeting rooms
  • adult changing rooms with overhead hoists
  • large dining room
  • shower rooms with specialist shower trays
  • kitchens for cookery
  • art and craft room

Last updated: April 16, 2021