Keep Going group

Fridays 10.30 am – noon, Floor 5, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ

Games, chat and fun in a friendly atmosphere for the Learning Disability community. Contact launchpadncl@aol.com or 0191 233 0382


CHANGE is a leading national equal rights organisation led by disabled people. People with learning disabilities want: equal rights – such as the right to have exciting jobs on equal wages, to have a relationship and be a parent, or to plan for the future; choices – about things like housing, parenting and health; information and services that are easy to understand – using easy words, no jargon and lots of pictures to help show what the words mean; and respect for all people with learning disabilities – with better attitudes and the right support and advice.

Difference North East

Difference North East is a new charity which aims to bring disabled people across the north-east together to create a regional community with voice, identity and influence.

Difference North East is run by disabled people campaigning for disabled people. They aim to provide a voice for disabled people, represent the region in national debates about disability, challenge and change policy, increase the public profile of disabled people, research priority areas identified by members, and to role model positive representations of disabled people in their work.

For more information, please visit their website and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Learning Disability Matters for Families webapp

The free webapp is primarily for parents and carers of children and young people:

  • Who have been identified as having a learning disability
  • Who have concerns that their child or young person MIGHT have a learning disability.

The webapp gives parents and carers straightforward, pragmatic, realistic information that is aimed to help them day to day, know where to go for further help and understand what they are entitled to.

Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Association improves care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.

Download a support booklet that outlines the offer of support for people affected by MND in the North East here.


Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society (NAS) champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and aims to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives. The web site includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services.

Rescare – the society for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families

Rescare was founded in 1984, is a registered charity, the object of which is ‘To promote the relief and welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities and their families’.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Information on learning disabilities

Readable and well-researched information on learning disabilities for the public from The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information includes leaflets and books.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)

With its focus on Education, Employment and Engagement, the Trust supports blind and partially sighted people to live the life they want to lead and support grant applications that reflect its core strategy strands.

To watch an informative video that talks about the main causes of visual impairment and shows how these affect people, click on the following link: 


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