Our care and support services

County Durham Care and Support is our in-house provider of care and support services. This page provides an overview of the services they provide.

Day services

Called Care and Support Pathways, these are specialist services and activities for adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or cognitive impairments.

They include such things as arts and crafts, cookery, exercise, sensory stimulation and therapeutic activities as well as supervised outings. The services are provided in local settings such as leisure centres, day centres and specialist units.

Care and Support Pathways (opens in a new window) 

Community Floating Support (mental health)

This is a support service for adults with mental health issues to help them live full and independent lives. Find out more about Community Floating Support.

Durham Shared Lives (learning disabilities)

Shared Lives offers short term, long term and emergency support for adults with learning disabilities in the home of a Shared Lives Provider. 

Extra care (older people)

Extra care offers older people an alternative to moving into a care home. Residents have their own flat in a specially designed housing complex with 24 hour care and support available on site.

Factsheet: Extra Care (PDF, 360kb, opens in a new window)

The People's Parliament (County Durham)

The County Durham Learning Disabilities Parliament (also known as the People's Parliament County Durham) comprises of people who have an interest in the issues that affect people with a learning disability. Informal meetings for members are held at Newton Hall Community Centre every fortnight between 10.00am - 12 noon on Wednesdays.

Our work includes:
  • Consultation - new approaches designed by people who have learning disabilities themselves.
  • Engagement - with people who have learning disabilities on local and national issues to bring about improvements to services.
  • Training - to increase learning disability awareness.
  • Easy Read - guidance and advice on documents.
  • Information signposting and events, research and keeping up to date with current issues.
We raise the profile of people with a learning disability by working in partnership with local, regional and national partners.

Reablement (short term therapy)

Our reablement service is for people who need to relearn skills, or master new skills, because of poor health, disability, impairment, or an accident. 

Therapy sessions last  a maximum of six weeks and can help you carry out  your daily activities and practical tasks whilst you regain the skills and confidence to do these yourself.  You might also need to learn new skills to help you keep your independence.

Factsheet: Reablement (PDF, 366kb, opens in a new window)

Respite care

Hawthorn House, just outside Durham City, provides short break / respite opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs. Families and carers can also get a much needed break from their responsibilities.

Factsheet: Hawthorn House (PDF, 346kb, opens in a new window)

Support and recovery (mental health)

The support and recovery team work with adults with mental health issues to become more confident, learn how to cope with different situations, improve their general wellbeing and take control of their lives.

Supported housing (learning disabilities)

Supported housing offers adults with learning disabilities an alternative to moving into a care home. Housing has on-site care and support services including personal care.

Time 4 U

Time 4 U is an arts and activities service for adults or organisations who support adults. It offers informal learning through social and recreational activities such as photography, information technology, arts and crafts, health and hobbies. 

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