Carers of adults with learning disabilities

We want to encourage carers of adults with a learning disability to become more involved in the planning and delivery of learning disability services in Hertfordshire.One way is by attending our Learning Disability Carers' Forum if you care for a relative or friend with a learning disability.

We have a Learning Disability Involvement Worker, who will:

  • Provide you with the opportunity to meet and talk to other carers with similar experiences to your own through our Learning Disability Carers’ Forums;
  • Make you aware of consultations and one-off workshops or focus groups;
  • Share information relevant to your caring role. This includes the production of a newsletter for Learning Disability carers twice a year that is available online or by post.

If you’re caring for an adult with a learning disability and want us to keep in touch with you please contact us so that we can add you to our Learning Disability Carers’ Involvement Network.

Our Learning Disability Carers' Forums 

The Forums are held every two months in a central Hertfordshire location. They provide an opportunity to meet other carers and hear from speakers on issues relevant to learning disability such as healthcare, Direct Payments, supported housing and Day Services. 

The aim of the Forum meetings is to provide carers with the opportunity to talk about their experiences of community, health and care services in Hertfordshire for those with a learning disability and their carers with the organisations planning and providing them.

Information and views you share at the Forums are fed directly into the Hertfordshire Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) via reports and a small group of family carer representatives. The Board is made up of representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, NHS organisations including Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and voluntary organisations that provide services to people with learning disabilities and their relatives/carers as well as carers and service users.

We are always looking for carers to become Family Carer Representatives, which involves attending monthly LDPB meetings. All carers receive training for this as well as a small payment for attendance and travel. For more details about becoming a Family Carer Representative call 01992 58 69 69 or email

For the 2018 Forum dates see our leaflet – pdf Learning Disability Carers’ Forum Meetings 2018 (329 KB) or call us on 01992 58 69 69. Please also look in the download area below for details of Forums, events and items relevant to your caring role.

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Keeping you updated

We also have our Involving People Newsletter that has stories about developments and activities that may be of interest to you. For the latest copy, Spring/Summer 2018, please click on the link - pdf Learning Disability Carers Newsletter (May 2018 issue). (722 KB)

We now have a monthly Involvement bulletin sent via email to carers, which includes Learning Disability events and news. If you wish to receive this please contact us to confirm or provide your email address.

News and Events

Hertfordshire County Council is helping Hertfordshire residents with a learning or physical disability find a job or volunteering post through the Connected2Work project. You can find out more by calling 0300 123 4049 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/connected2work

You can now get extra pages for the Purple Folder

The Purple Folder is for adults with a learning disability to complete with support from their relatives, carers or health or care professional working with them. It contains information about the person’s health and care needs and they can use the Purple Folder when they see doctors, opticians, pharmacists or other health or social care workers.
The information in it helps people ensure they give the person with the learning disability the care and treatment best for them. If you or someone you know with a Purple Folder needs more pages you can download and print them from Hertfordshire County Council’s website via this link – Purple Folder Extra Pages.
For more information about the Purple Folder call Hertfordshire County Council’s Health Liaison Team on 01438 845372. They are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

Have your say on Hertfordshire's Draft Learning Disabilities Strategy

Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on a draft Learning Disabilities Strategy 2019 – 2024 and would like your input.
The Council and the county’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are looking at how they can make things better for adults with learning disabilities and their families and carers.
There are thought to be over 21,000 people in Hertfordshire with a learning disability – about 2% of the population. However, only a quarter of them (around 5,000 people) are registered as having a learning disability. This means people may be missing out on support and the Council wants to address this.
The Strategy covers being healthy, living locally and being involved in the community.
Proposals include:

  • Helping more people with learning disabilities to have a health check every year;
  • Checking that the yearly health checks are done properly;
  • Getting more people to be on the register of people with learning disabilities;
  • Developing ways to help people travel in their local communities; and
  • Creating more local housing and supported accommodation options.

The Consultation is open until Friday 9th November 2018. You can learn more or take part by visiting https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/adult-social-services/consultation-on-the-learning-disabilities-strategy-2019-2024.aspx#
If you have questions or need support completing the consultation form please call 0300 123 4040 or email

Invitation to the East Herts and Broxbourne Learning Disability Forum

If you are in the East Herts and Broxbourne area and care for someone with a learning disability or have a learning difficulty yourself, you may want to attend the free Forum to find out about activities planned over the Christmas period and get an update about services, including healthcare and the Purple Star scheme that recognises health services and businesses that work hard to help people with a learning disability.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at Waterford Village Hall, 2 High Road, Waterford, Herts, SG14 2PR, from 1.20pm - 3.20pm.

If you would like to attend please contact Sarah on 01992 537080 or email

 

 

 

 

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