Learning disabilities, hearing, sight impairment

Learning disabilities

A social worker will visit you to assess your needs to decide if and how we can help support you. We will make sure that you and your carer are fully involved in the assessment. Contact customer services to get in touch.

Safe place scheme

A safe place is a shop or building in Peterborough that people with learning disabilities can go to, if they feel they are in an unsafe situation. 

You can apply for membership by completing and returning the application form, which provides you with a personal membership card and includes your choice of emergency contact.

There are businesses across the city that members can visit if they find themselves in a difficult situation and can present a member of staff with their membership card for the emergency contact to be called. Watch our Safe Place video.

Safe place scheme application form - Easy Read

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Useful links

  • Get a health check - you can ask your doctor for a free health check
  • Learning disabilities annual health check - People with learning disabilities often have poorer physical and mental health than others, which doesn’t need to be the case. The scheme is for adults with learning disabilities who need more health support and who may otherwise have health conditions that go undetected
  • Easy Health - this website has a lot of helpful easy read information on health, food, exercise and videos to help you live a healthy life 
  • PMLD Network - an organisation that is committed to improving the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
  • Books Beyond Words - picture books about love, relationships, health, death and crime, including guidance for professionals 
  • Medicine - easy read guide to taking medicine for behaviour problems 
  • Eye care - easy read information on having eye tests 
  • Picture of Health - many different easy read online leaflets about your health
  • How to use your mobile phone - explains the types of phones, how to pay for calls and more in an easy read guide.

Learning Disability Partnership Board

Peterborough's learning disability partnership board brings together lots of different people to plan and work together to make a real difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers.  

Sensory impairment

Our sensory support service is dedicated to adults who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing and for those with dual sensory loss. The support service is also for their carers.

Specialist assessments are conducted and can supply a variety of equipment which aims to increase people's safety, confidence and independence both in the home and outdoors. We provide rehabilitation and commission support for you so that your independence and quality of life can be improved within your home and community. Contact details are as follows:

There are a range of community support services for people with sensory impairment, for more information please see the Peterborough Care Directory

Sight impairment

The local authority holds a register of people who are sight impaired, either severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (Partially sighted). The register is confidential, so your details won’t be shared. Registration is entirely voluntary; it’s up to you whether or not this happens. To be registered, your ophthalmologist first needs to certify your sight loss

  • Peterborough Association for the Blind - hold regular activities, events, befriending services and learning opportunities available in Peterborough to support local people who are visually impaired
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) – whether you are losing your sight or you are blind or partially sighted, practical and emotional support is available from RNIB.
  • Blind Veterans UKprovide vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the person-centered services and tailored support they need to discover life beyond sight loss. 

Hearing impairment

If you have a hearing loss you can apply to be registered as hearing impaired by completing the attached form. Further helpful information can be found on:

Hearing impairment registration form

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