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Learning Disabilities Social Care Team

We are Social Workers and Support Service Co-ordinators who provide assessments, support and advice on housing, education and health issues, as well as supporting carers in their caring role. We can set up a package of care based on your assessed needs.

Connections Day Service, Frome Road, Writhlington, Radstock, Bath BA3 3LL
t: 01225 395 904 01761 437 953

Carrswood Day Services, Twerton, Bath BA2 1RS
t: 01225 396 063 f: 01225 429 770


More about us

This service is for any adult of 18 years who are eligible for social care support as defined by the Care Act 2015 and has a diagnosed learning disability. The generally accepted definition of a learning disability includes all of the following characteristics:

  1. A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn new skills (impaired intelligence).  IQ less than 70.
  2. A reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning).
  3. Present from childhood with a lasting effect on development.

We can also provide advice and information for young people (14 years and over) and their parents/carers. Please note that the young person would have to have been diagnosed with a learning disability and been referred to us through the Transitions team.

We can help you with:

◾Completing an assessment of a person’s health and social care needs

◾Setting up a personal budget and supporting the person to arrange a service to meet their needs

◾Reviewing a person’s current services and changing them if necessary

◾Completing an assessment of a carers needs, including respite care

◾Providing advice on benefits, housing, employment, education and training


The support we offer will include directly supporting service users, their families and carers through the crisis and facilitating change which leads to improved wellbeing, life skills, independence and opportunities. The offer of a Care Act Assessment is usually our first point of contact with service users. This will identify someone’s eligible care and support needs. The team then carries out the support planning and micro-commissioning required in order to meet these needs including the setting up of direct payments.

We have strong links with the Complex Health Needs Service and other local providers who work within our locality. We signpost and make direct referrals to local services. This holistic approach is vital to achieve good outcomes for service users and manage complex decisions and risk.

How do I access this service?

Anyone can refer a person with a learning disability who lives in Bath and North East Somerset and has a GP registered in that area.

A referral will be accepted from a GP or other health or social care professional, or a carer or relative can contact us by letter, telephone or email.

Rainbow Resource

You can access information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies – including education, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations using the Bath and North East Somerset Local Offer website – the Rainbow Resource.