Adult Learning Disability Services

Some people with a learning disability may not need our help but for others who do, a range of health and social care services are available Trustwide.

We assist adults with a learning disability to have control over their own lives and the support they receive, enabling them to live healthy, active lives to maximise their potential.

Learning disability services are provided by Multi-Disciplinary Teams.  These are groups of professionals who work together to provide services to people with learning disabilities and their carers in a coordinated, integrated way.

The team includes:

  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals

To be eligible for the service individuals must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Provide evidence of a formal diagnosis of Learning Disability  e.g. Pyschometric Assessment
  • Be a resident within the South Eastern Trust area

  • Referral into Learning Disability Services

    Referrals can be made by GP’s, other professions or self-referral.

  • Day Service Facilities

    A range of day care services are available for adults with learning disabilities.

    These are both statutory day care facilities and a range of community based day opportunities which are provided in partnership with local service providers.

    Mountview Adult Resource Centre
    Tel: (028) 4451 3818

    Lisburn Assessment & Resource Centre,
    Tel: (028) 9263 3535

    North Down/Ards  
    Balloo Training & Resource Centre
    Tel: (028) 9145 0505

    Ravara Training & Resource Centre
    Tel: (028) 9127 1304

    Ards Training & Resource Centre
    Tel: (028) 9181 5364

    Day Service facilities promote a person centred approach with an individual tailored programme based on each persons need and best outcomes.

    Community inclusion and partnership working are central to the services and includes working alongside service providers, local councils, community groups, Disability Sports NI and many others to provide a wide and varied range of activities and programmes.

    Activities include Boccia, Music Communication, New Age Curling, Choir, Keep Fit, I Can Cook Programme etc . as well as visits and outings. Participation is based on choice with the aim of promoting independence and fulfilment.

    Day opportunities are services outside of Day Service facilities for people who may not need as much support. These services are delivered by partner providers and are primarily based on:

    • Employment experience
    • Training opportunities
    • Leisure and community
    • Social enterprise

    Some examples of day opportunity services are – Social Farming, Horticulture, Men’s Shed and Community Drop in groups.

    Referral for all day services is made by community teams through day care panels in each area.

Staff playing snooker with visitor to Lisburn activity resource centre

Contact Details

Lisburn Adult Learning Disability Team        

Thompson House Hospital
19/21 Magheralave Road
BT28 3BP

Call us(028) 9263 3190

Downpatrick Adult Learning Disability Team     

Adult Disability Resource Centre
Downshire Hospital
BT30 6RA

Call us(028) 4461 6915

North Down & Ards Adult Learning Disability Team        

11-13 Ballyholme Road
BT20 5JH

Call us(028) 9151 1190