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ABBEY GATEWAY CLUBS (NORTH DEVON)
Wednesday Club meets 10am-2.30pm at Northam Community Centre. The club is designed to help everyone to take part in activities that are enjoyable and build for the future. There are opportunities to help prepare, cook and serve food, maintain good health and safety practices, make decisions about the activities and projects we do as well as bring those ideas to fruition. The motto is ‘Anything is Possible!’

Abbey Gateway Club’s Friday group meet from 7pm until 9pm at Pilton Community College, Barnstaple.
This is a fun social club for adults with a learning disability/difficulty and offers different activities and events, from a disco with their very own D.J to Arts and Crafts, bingo and much more! There is a snack bar selling hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks.

Call 07988 797785 for details of either Wednesday or Friday clubs or visit the website here

ACTIVE DEVON

(Some of their specialist provision listed below - see the website at www.activedevon.org for their full range of activities)

Ability Inclusion Club – Tel 07889173959 / bobby.singh@roc-uk.org / sophie.currie@devon.gov.uk 
First Saturday of month 10 -12 (can ring to check) £4 & a drink, 12+ anybody with a disability. Multi-sports sessions – Sports Hall, Torbay Leisure Centre, Paignton TQ4 5JR

Bay Bouncers  - See www.baybouncers.co.uk for details of this gymnastics group for people of different abilities in Torbay

Camp Mawazo - book with Chris Parish tel. 01626325864
Every Friday 1-3pm £3 - Sports Hall, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne. Outdoor pursuits base camp for 16+ , inclusive disability-aimed multi-activity sessions

 

AIR EXTREME TRAMPOLINE PARK (NORTH DEVON)

The Air Extreme weekly Support sessions are designed specifically for people on the autistic spectrum and Support needs. Contact 01271 349806 or check out the website for details


AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) SERVICES:

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY (NAS)

Tel: 020 7833 2299 Email: nas@nas.org.uk Autism Helpline numbers: 0808 800 4104 or 0845 070 4004 (Mon-Thurs 10-4, Fri 9-3)

LOCAL NAS GROUPS:
Okehampton
– see Tavistock
Plymouth – Sharon Simpson: 07961 463 898 email: paab@nas.org.uk 
NAS Plymouth Adult Asperger's Branch (NAS PAAB) offers support to adults with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. They provide weekly support meetings, as well as time and space for people to chat. They arrange social events such as walks, barbeques, cinema outings and quiz evenings periodically throughout the year. They also offer information, support and signposting to other services where possible.
Tavistock – Tavistock and District National Autistic Society Asperger Support Group.
Local self-help group formed by adults with Asperger syndrome with the aim of providing local support, information and awareness raising.   Saturday afternoon 'Drop-In' group, a group for Parents/carers of adults with Asperger syndrome as well as a 'women only' group. Also now trialling a new group in Okehampton.    
 

DEVON AUTISM CENTRE  01237 423 739 Training/Accommodation support/ Professional consultancy

NORTH DEVON FORUM FOR AUTISM & ASD Run by parents and carers, this forum provides information and support to people with autism and ASD and their families in North Devon. The group holds monthly coffee mornings at Roundswell Community Centre in Barnstaple and has developed a specialist borrowing library which features more than 400 items and includes practical resources such as weighted lap pads and fidget toys as well as books on a wide range of topics. There are regular social events for the whole family which allow everyone to enjoy leisure activities in a relaxed, friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere. Please go to www.ndfautism.co.uk or email info@ndfautism.co.uk. Tel: 07923 481 332

 

BARNSTAPLE ABILITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB
This club meets weekly in Barnstaple. please contact Maggie Birchmore, Barnstaple FC on 07894 454232 or birchmorem@aol.com

 

BRANDON TRUST

0117 907 7200   info@brandontrust.org 
Brandon Trust is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to live more freely with fewer limitations.

 

BREAKAWAY SOCIAL CLUB (WESTWARD HO!)
The Breakaway Social Club for adults withy learning disabilities meets 7pm-8pm on Mondays at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. Cost £2

 

CAESARS DISCO
Disco sessions for adults with learning disabilities, 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm-9pm £3 entry

 

CARASTON

01392 203877 or email info@carastonhall.com Caraston Support & Housing, 14 Alphington Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8HH
Caraston is an Exeter based organisation providing support, care and housing to people with mental ill health and those with learning disabilities. The ethos of Caraston is to provide 'Recovery focused' support in accommodation to help people maximize opportunity and independence.

 

COLOUR CABIN (APPLEDORE)
The Colour Cabin specialises in art and craft workshops for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Call 07969 827599 for details or check out their facebook page

 

DAME HANNAH ROGERS TRUST (IVYBRIDGE HUB)

01752 898184
Ivybridge Link & Community Hub. Information and support for people with learning disabilities, database of activities and linking people with others with similar interests.

 

DEVON & CORNWALL POLICE
(Report it!  You matter, we care)

How to tell the police that something has happened to you. Easy-read leaflet in conjunction with Plymouth People First. Easy- read leaflet by Devon Link-Up – 07808 053 992, Easy –read information leaflet: Victims of Crime, How to report what has happened: go into the police station and show your safe place card; stop a PCSO; dial 999 in an emergency; phone 101 about a crime or incident that has already happened.

 

DEVON ADVOCACY CONSORTIUM

0300 343 5707/ dac@seap.org.uk / text: 0784 120 4398
DAC, C/O Living Options Devon, 3-4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (Thurs 9am – 7pm)
An independent professional advocacy service for people over 16 in Devon and Torbay. Includes: Care Act advocacy, general & health complaints advocacy, independent mental health advocacy (IMHA), independent mental capacity advocacy. The consortium is made up of 9 organisations led by Living Options Devon.

 

DEVON DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE (DDAS)

Tel: 0345 155 1074. More information  available online here

 

DIFFERENT TOGETHER

For couples, families and friends of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Telephone service, forum and informal meet-ups. No need for a formal diagnosis to access their support. Personal stories and a link to resources for non-autistic/NT family members. Books for children with a parent with autism, and about stress resulting from caring/partnering an adult with autism. Contacts for counsellors who specialise in supporting couples (individually or together) who are under stress because one or both are autistic. 

Family/Friends Support Group
Second Thursday of each month 6.30-8.30pm at Psychology Dept, RD & E Hospital (Wonford Site), Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW

 

DIMENSIONS FOR LIVING

01392 254137 21 Nelson Road, Exeter EX4 1BG 
Provide Autism Alert card Free. Available to people with autism aged 10 and over. To be carried by person with autism to identify its carrier to help them to be understood.

 

DISABILITY ACTION AWARENESS GROUP (DAAG)

01803 656607 Ext: 56607 Mobile: 07766132984 Email: chloe.roberts2@nhs.net
Chloe Roberts, Equality & Employability Co-ordinator, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, 1st Floor, Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital, Lowes Bridge, Torquay, TQ2 7AA.

 

DOGS FOR THE DISABLED

01295 759836 or paws@dogsforthedisabled.org
Provides assistance dogs for families with a child with autism 

 

DOWNSOUTH

The affiliated branch of the Down’s syndrome Association for South Devon. Parent-led group set up to support children and adults with Down’s Syndrome and their families, carers and friends.  Available to talk to families when a baby is newly diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and have members who are specially trained to give balanced information and provide a listening ear.  They also offer support and information to professionals to enable them to help people with DS as best they can, and together raise awareness and campaign for better services for families. Membership of DownSouth is free to people with Down’s syndrome and their families.  Please contact : downsouthcharity@msn.com or www.downsouth.org.uk to find out more.

 

ERME VALLEY RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

01752 894348 / peggy@ugborough.eclipse.co.uk

Riding for disabled children & adults, hydrotherapy sessions, work experience, NVQ training.

 

EVOLVE

01752 224760 Vine House, 34 Regent Street, Plymouth PL4 8BB

Evolve offers transition support for young adults with learning disabilities and autism from the age of 16.  Programmes are specifically designed to provide age appropriate support and can be accessed alongside, or upon the completion of education. They offer a variety of support and training opportunities through our group based weekday programme and can also provide focused 1-1 enabling and mentoring. Evolve also offer independent living training and overnight stays at their skills development house in Plymouth.  This can be accessed by people who are looking to move into the supported living environment in the future, or as a form of respite. Evolve can then provide support and guidance with the transition into supported living, and can design and deliver a support package to meet individual needs and requirements.

 

EXETER & EAST DEVON DOWNS SYNDROME GROUP (EEDDS)

01392 410817/ 07480301244 (Harriet, secretary). 07746691094/ its_all_bout_me94@hotmail.com (Hayley, Chair) Also Facebook & the Devon Community directory

Group for individuals with Downs Syndrome and their families all over Devon. Affiliated to the Down’s Syndrome Association. (DSA) New members welcome, support around diagnosis, early days, education, health, benefits, employment & any challenges. New Parent Contact (Bel McDonald)  for expectant and new parents. 3-4 newsletters a year. Activities, links with DS football.

 

EXETER AUDIENCE CLUB

Exeter Audience Club provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to access a wide range of cultural events across Exeter. 

 

FUNKY FITNESS CLUB (BARNSTAPLE)
Funky Fitness is a Sports and Activities Club for adults with learning disabilities. It runs 10am-12pm every Tuesday at North Devon Leisure Centre. Cost £5 per session. It is run by Empowering Lives and further details can be found here

 

 

HANNAH'S AT SEALE HAYNE

01626 325800 & enquiries@discoverhannahs.org Howton lane, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ 12 6NQ  
Hannahs at Seale-Hayne is for people of all abilities, where they can train, learn, have fun and fulfil their true potential without judgement or limit. Opportunities and education, volunteering, accommodation, days out. 

 

HOLCOMBE DANCE CLASS FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Helen Hillard 01626 772502
Dance Along classes for adults with learning disabilities take place on Tuesdays 10.45am-11.45am at Holcombe Village Hall. Each class begins with a series of gentle warm-up and conditioning exercises followed by dance routines in a variety of styles that are fun and enjoyable. At the end of term, each attendee receives a certificate. Holcombe Village Hall has free parking and easy access. Attendees may be accompanied by a support worker or carer if needed.

 

HOLLYWELL HOUSING TRUST

01392 345528 or 07989 518142  Unit 21, Basepoint Business Centre, Yeoford Way, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8LB  Email: info@hollywellhousingtrust.org.uk

Hollywell is a charity and social enterprise set up to offer a housing and tenancy management service for people with learning disabilities and autism who might otherwise not be able to access a sustainable home or manage a tenancy alone. Hollywell takes a tenancy directly with the landlord and provides the vulnerable person with the housing related support and tenancy management they need to ensure that they are able to sustain their tenancy. Referrals through a statutory provider, i.e. social services, GP, CPN, police or Local Authority.

 

HORIZON EMPLOYABILITY HUB TORBAY & SOUTH DEVON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

01803 656607
The Hub is based at the Horizon Centre of Torbay Hospital and is supported by a small team who work together to identify valuable placements across the locality. Project SEARCH aims to give young people (aged 18-24) with learning disabilities or Autistic spectrum Condition (ASC) the skills to gain competitive paid employment.  Project SEARCH placements will be advertised in the Spring of each year. Applications can be obtained from South Devon College.

 

INDEPENDENT MENTAL CAPACITY ADVOCATES (IMCA) SERVICE

0845 231 1900 (Exeter) Devon and Torbay – Age UK Devon (basic pack)

 

KALEIDOSCOPE KINGSBRIDGE

01548 856501/ 01548 854898   info@kaleidoscopesouthhams.org.uk 115 Fore St, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AB
Kaleidoscope and The Gordon Carling Foundation. Kaleidoscope provides support and The Gordon Carling Foundation is a housing provider. Most people have homes in and around Kingsbridge. There is a 24 hour office at Ropewalk where there are a number of flats and apartments, others in the town and outlying villages. The Creativity Hub at 115, is a place to meet up with friends. The premises are accessible, with a ramp, and a lift to the first floor. You can help to complete the jigsaws, do a bit of soothing colouring, read a book or a newspaper or just watch the world go by.

 

KINGSBRIDGE FULFILLING LIVES (WAS ROPEWALK)

Paul Bidwell 01584 853163Resource Centre in Kingsbridge for adults with special needs. Mon-Fri 9am – 4.30pm

 

KNIGHT FARM DAY CARE

01884 855837 or 07958 548009 - Rixham Farm, Cadbury, Exeter EX5 5LA
Care Farming is a day-care service offered to adults with a range of disabilities or social needs. They teach agricultural skills and enable individuals to enjoy being part of a working farm. They have care plans individually designed to each client and support them to carry out many activities such as growing fruit & vegetables, gardening, and working with the livestock. Skills such as animal welfare, communication and team work are all part of an average day.

 

LEAP OF FAITH

07581 559219
Adventure programme for adults with learning disabilities. Leap of Faith Adventures offers a range of outdoor adventure for all abilities. they can tailor our activities to meet the needs of each group or individual. They are based in Exeter and currently provide activities such as caving, climbing, archery, bushcraft, canoeing/kayaking and walking/expeditions. They can work on a 1:1 basis or with small groups and can travel within the South West if required. 

 

 LIFEWORKS BREAKING THE BARRIER

Lifeworks provides sporting opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities. Contact breakingthebarrier@lifeworks-uk.org or 01803 861060 for further details.

 

LIVING OPTIONS DEVON

01392 459222 / info@livingoptions.org   
Information about advocacy in alternative formats

 

LYCETTE CARE

01237 470714 Bidna Lane, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1NU
Lycette Care provides community and residential services for adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental health needs, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in North Devon. They work closely with their sister company The Devon Autism Centre to provide a range of services in North Devon and around the country.

 

MADE-WELL CIC

01837 810584 or laura.feaver@lyndridgecare.co.uk Made-Well, West Fishleigh Farm, Hatherleigh, Devon  EX20 3QA
Made-Well is a community interest company based in Hatherleigh, which provides a range of 'day opportunities' designed to promote personal growth by providing activities in leisure and learning life skills. We support people to enjoy, experience and learn about horticulture, cookery, animal care, willow craft, therapeutic arts and countryside management. The Made-Well cafe is open Monday-Friday from 9.30am-3pm.

 

MENCAP 'DONT MISS OUT' GUIDE

0808 808 1111 Mencap Direct (M-F, 9-5) or help@mencap.org.uk Mark Capper: mark.capper@mencap.org.uk or telephone: 07984 391 613.

Learning Disability charity Mencap, in partnership with NHS England has launched a new animation called Don’t Miss Out to raise awareness of the importance for people with a learning disability to be on their GP’s learning disability register. If people with a learning disability tell their GP they have a learning disability they are entitled to extra help. This can include:

• Extra time for appointments

• Easy Read information that is accessible

• Annual Health Checks that help to maintain health, detect conditions and illnesses and help GPs to understand how to provide better care to patients with a learning disability.

Mencap provides work experience weeks, Supported living, Wills and Trusts service, employment service (referral through Connexions/Job centre), Family support, residential care, supported living. 

FamilyHub is Mencap’s new online community for parents and family carers of people with a learning disability. It's a place for people to reach out for help, and offer advice in return.

 

NORTHERN DEVON FAMILY CARERS GROUP

Carer-run support and information group for carers of people with a learning disability. The group holds formal information meetings with invited speakers and informal social get-togethers. The next meeting will be on Mon 13 November 2017. Please contact Ann on 01237 441604 for details

 

PETROC
Petroc further and higher education college in north and Mid Devon runs support and activities which are accessible to adults with learning disabilities. Please contact the college on tel: 01271 345291

 

PINHOE SPARTANS INCLUSIVE FOOTBALL

This year has been a truly amazing one so far for Pinhoe Spartans.  Firstly, they entered the FA Peoples Cup, qualifying for the Regional Finals in Bristol.  Secondly, they were nominated for an FA Community Award and won the County Award for Best Inclusive Project, which they are immensely proud of and is a fantastic reward to the all children who regularly attend!!  If you’re interested in attending our sessions, please email andy.barefoot@virgin.net

 

PLOUGH PRISM DRAMA GROUP (TORRINGTON)

Weekly drama group for adults with disabilities, 10.30am-12.30pm on Tuesdays at the Plough Arts Theatre in Torrington. £3.50 per session. See the website for details

 

ROBERT OWEN COMMUNITIES

Robert Owen Communities: 01803 868550 or admin@roc-uk.org The Boatshed, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5AL General enquiries: ROC Point: 01803 520689 / 07794 071697
They work with people with a wide range of abilities across Devon & Cornwall. Day services, Supported Living, residential care, theatre group, Promoting workplace inclusion, training, activities, learning and social skills.

Work 2 work, Totnes – 01803 868550/ kim.stacey@roc-uk.org 
Lower Sharpham Barton farm 01803 732502
ROC Creative (arts, drama, music, photography) Honiton 01404 47277/creativetorbay@roc-uk.org 
ROC Active (multisports) Torbay 01803 550018 / activetorbay@roc-uk.org Exeter 01392 270875
ROC Aspects Paignton (16 + vocational, skills, literacy, personal development) 01803 552955 / aspects@roc-uk.org 
Boscawen Farm Cornwall 01872 560530
Truro Welcome club 07841 205790
Tavistock Welcome club 07894 683927
Exeter YMCA

 

ROBINS RESPITE & LIFE SKILLS CENTRE

01803 840744/ enquiries@lifeworks-uk.org
Robins is a purpose built centre providing both short stay and long-term respite care for children and young adults with learning disabilities- up to the age of 20. Situated in Dartington, near Totnes. Robins has eight bedrooms, a large lounge, an interactive sensory room and separate activities room. There is both a catering kitchen and a training kitchen, where the young people are encouraged to develop their cooking skills by making their own snacks and drinks. To support each individual’s physical needs, there is a complete range of lifting and moving aids as well as a lift to the first floor. Outside, there is a purpose built garden and play area as well as access to a well-equipped playground, hydrotherapy pool and sports field.

 

ST LOYES FOUNDATION

07804418096 or rebecca.cobb@stloyes.ac.uk Rebecca Cobb – Enabling and Support Manager (REFERRALS)
Enabling services to help people with learning disabilities.  St Loye’s Foundation offers CQC- regulated services (Exeter and surrounding areas, including Torbay). Person centred services tailored to each person to increase their quality of life in such areas as independent living, confidence in the community, learning and working, and keeping healthy and active. Self-referral, or via third-parties, with people using their Direct Payments to fund their individual support package. Independent Living, community confidence, learning and working, healthy and active. Residential accommodation (Exeter), horticultural project (Ottery St Mary), offices: Exeter, Bude, Bideford, Tiverton

 

SHARED LIVES SW

01626 360170 or devon@sharedlivessw.org.uk
Shared Lives SW offers long term and short break services for all client groups.

 

SOUTH WEST AUTISM CIC

Lisa: 07580 225057 or Greg: 07582 608641 5 Pellen Arcade, Teignmouth, TQ14 8EB
South West Autism is based in Devon believes in providing the young people they work with the opportunities to help them develop to their potential. Support groups for parents/carers and children

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NORTH DEVON
Special Olympics North Devon is a local club to help encourage young people with learning disabilities to learn through active sports and participation. The aim is to help nurture them in a variety of sports and physical activities where they can make new friends, build the team spirit and develop their commitment to fitness. Sessions take place every Sat 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Tarka Tennis, Seven Brethren, Barnstaple. Every session includes Boccia, Table Tennis and Tennis.

For more information contact 07969 211595 or look for their Facebook page.

 

SWAPS

 01626 368252 / enquiries@swaps.org.uk
Short break providers for people with learning disabilities in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay & Cornwall. Care in family home settings. SWAPS is registered with CQC. 

 

TAVISPECIALS FOOTBALL CLUB

contact Allen Lewis 01822614335
The Tavispecials youth teams are really growing.  Ability Counts football allows people with all sorts of conditions to enjoy and play football.  

 

THERA SOUTH WEST

0300 303 1280   sharon.shortland@thera.co.uk
Providing support in Teignbridge, South Hams, West & Mid Devon and Torbay for people with learning disabilities. Advice, help with personal budgets.

 

TOTAL COMMUNICATION NOW

07917266132/201 – for appointments hello@totalcommunicationnow.org 
Total Communication NOW is a community based service offering advice and support for anyone with a communication difficulty, their carers, family or support staff. Visual resources for children and adults, Speech and language therapy. Resources, tutorials, e-learning and training details on the website. Thursdays 9am - 5pm Paignton Library, Great Western Road, TQ4 5AG. Fridays 9am – 5pm  Passmore Edwards Centre, Market Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2RJ.

 

TURNING TIDES PROJECT

Providing support to people with Autism or learning disabilities/difficulties, from teens to 70+ offering sessions and enabling support within a 30 mile radius of Crediton but other areas of Devon too)

 

UNITED RESPONSE

020 8246 5200 / info@unitedresponse.org.uk and 0800 0884 377 / get.support@unitedresponse.org.uk 
Support for people with Learning Disabilities Mild to Moderate, Profound & Complex Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental health, Housing, Specialist Support, Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia, Young people in transition, Building Independence, Employment, Health, personalisation, working with families, Person-centred Approaches, Postcards from the Edge Project – sending messages to the government about funding and services needed

 

THE VIBE SOCIAL CLUB (BARNSTAPLE)
The Vibe is a social club for adults with learning disabilities. It meets every Mon and Thurs 10am-3pm at Barnstaple Football Club. Entry is £10 for a full day, £5 for a half day. The club offers drama, karaoke,arts and crafts, bingo, board games, colouring, outside activities and a weekly disco on a Thursday. The club is run by Empowering Lives - details can be found on their website here

 

VICTIM SUPPORT

Beyond Crime – 0808 168 9111
Child Sexual Exploitation, (CSE) CSE + LD Easy-Read leaflets

 

VOCAL ADVOCACY

01803 868300 / vocaladvocacy@btconnect.com 
Independent advocacy (Advocacy QPM award 2016-19) Also training for organisations who are Friends of Vocal, Advocacy Awareness training, newsletter – Vocal News. (See also Devon Advocacy Consortium)

 

WINGS

Christian charity based in Bideford which works with disadvantaged groups to give young people a future and a hope by encouraging positive relationships and offering creative learning opportunities that help develop skills, self-esteem and confidence. You can find out about the Wings Unity Group by calling 01237 472000 or e-mailing mark@wingscharity.com

HOLIDAYS

These websites may help http://www.holidaysforall.org/ or http://www.stayindevon.co.uk/accessibleor
There is a book to buy, Holidays in the British Isles – A guide for disabled people: https://crm.disabilityrightsuk.org/holiday-guide-2013

 

DREAM-A-WAY HOLIDAYS

Text/Phone 07796 442 144
Exeter based Charity Last year Dream-A-Way helped nearly 2000 people to enjoy a very special experience including over 300 taken on days out, over 1200 guests given caravan holidays in Devon and more than 100 people have fulfilled their Dream Holiday.

 

REVITALISE

0303 303 0145 / bookings@revitalise.org.uk 
Expert care and respite holidays for disabled people and carers in the UK. 3 centres available in Chigwell (London), Southampton and Southport, financial assistance available

 

Holiday Websites:

disabledholidays.com                                      

disabilityholidaysguide.com

tourismforall.org.uk                                         

disaway.co.uk

accessiblecountryside.org.uk                         

scope.org.uk