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Learning Disabilities and SEND

A learning disability affects the way a person understands information. This means that a person who has a learning disability could have difficulty understanding complex information and learning new skills. 
People who have learning disabilities may need different types of support to help learn new skills and to live as independently as possible. 
Adult services and our partners offer a range of person-centred local services, which are designed to support people to live happy and fulfilled lives.
Many support services offer people the opportunity to make informed choices and have greater control over their lives, becoming involved within their communities.

Supported Living

Supported Living is housing and support for people who have learning disabilities and/or autism that have been assessed via a community care assessment as requiring support to meet their needs.
The council provides a range of options for people who require housing and support:

1) Single Tenancy
This is offered to people who want to live alone. This could be in a house or in a flat/apartment, and would normally include staff support during the day and night. This may, in some cases, be supported by technology.
2) Shared Housing
This is where a person may live with a small number of people (between 2-4 people) sharing a house. This may include 24 hour staff support.

Shared Lives

The Shared Lives scheme in Tameside offers a range of services focused on individuals who have learning disabilities, who are being offered support by individual carers and families that are not directly employed by the council. Services include:
  • Long Term Support for individuals who live with carers and families full-time.
  • Respite where an individual can access short stay respite with a carer and their family.
  • Day Service Provision where an individual may have support and companionship with a carer and their family as an alternative to other day service options.

Day Services

There are a wide range of day service options available provided by us and some partner organisations. This allows for a greater choice for people who may access one or several different services per week.  

Day services can offer:
  • Support to people who have complex needs, which may include access to therapies and support with physiological and behavioural interventions.
  • Respite for individuals and their families.
  • Developing independent living skills.
  • Preparation for employment.


Respite offers individuals and their family’s an opportunity to have a break from each other. There are a range of respite options offered including:
  • Traditional building based respite with 24 hour care and support.
  • Shared Lives short stay where an individual has short breaks with a carer and their family.
  • Day service provision.
  • Direct Payments  where an individual can access funding to purchase personalised respite that better suits their needs. 


We want to support adults with a learning disability to be safe, to do things on their own or with a little help and to do things in the community with a little support.

Supported Employment

Learn more about our Homemaker service here.
Routes to Work offer person-centred support to people who have disabilities. They prepare them for voluntary, unpaid and paid employment opportunities across a range of organisations. 
The team provides personalised support, preparing people for work and also working with employers to ensure that reasonable adjustments are in place.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

A child or young person who has special educational needs and disabilities is referred to as having SEND. This means they need specific, tailored health and education support to reach their full potential


Support and Information for People, Parents and Families

The Local Offer brings together a range of support services and information for children and young people aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 
The Local Offer

The Local Offer

Click here to find out more information on the Tameside Local Offer.

Introduction to Transition

Introduction to Transition

Click here to find out more about information on transitions to adulthood. 

Request a Care Assessment

Request a care assessment to access services by contact the Community Gateway at: Community Gateway Team Crickets Lane Clinic Crickets Lane Ashton under Lyne OL6 6NG Call us: 0161 922 4888 Monday to Wednesday 8.30am to 5.00pm Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm

Other Useful Links

Tameside Learning Disability Service

Tameside Learning Disability Service

Click here to see the most recent CQC inspections of the Tameside Learning Disability Service.

Willshaw House

Wilshaw House

For the most recent inspections of Wilshaw House – a home that specialises is care for people with Learning Difficulties, and those ages over 65.