Beyond words is a charity that provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting someone with a learning disability or communication difficulty, their resources empower people through pictures.
The Advonet Group offers a wide range of advocacy services tailored to people from diverse backgrounds, facing a range of challenges. Advocacy is working with you to:
- Listen to what you want and act on your behalf at all times
- Think about what choices you have
- Put forward your views so they are heard
- Stand up for your rights and interests
- Advonet provides support to people in the Leeds area.
LEEP1 is a safe space for adults with learning disabilities on Roundhay Road, Leeds 7. Their self-advocacy service enables people with learning difficulties to be in control of their own organisation and to fulfil their lives with meaningful and enjoyable activities. They do a range of fun and interesting activities which help to develop social, health and educational skills.
Leeds Autism AIM
Leeds Autism AIM is a free service for autistic adults in the Leeds area who receive little or no funded support. They offer advocacy, information, peer support and mentoring. Normally they run a weekly drop-in on Tuesday afternoons at the Lovell Park Autism Hub, Wintoun Street, Leeds LS7 1DA and quieter fortnightly ones at the same venue for booked appointments and groups.
Welcoming and Including People with Autism in Our Churches and Communities
This document gives a very good, detailed account of what it is like to be autistic and the things churches can do to include parishioners with autism.
Hand in Hand
Hand in hand was formed in 1994 when a small group of adults, some with learning disabilities and some without, began to meet regularly with the aim of discovering Christ’s presence in and among them and then bringing this to others in a prayerful way, using all types of movement. Their website includes an excellent section focusing on Heart-Centred Prayer and several other resources designed to make worship accessible to people with a learning disability.
The PCPLD Network brings together service providers, people with a learning disability and carers working for the benefit of individuals with learning disabilities who have palliative care needs. Their ethos is that people with a learning disability should receive the coordinated support needed in living their lives to the full, until the end of life.
The Art of Dying Well
It is really important to communicate openly, honestly and in a way that is creatively simple with people who have a learning disability. This is particularly important in relation to death, dying and bereavement.
MIND – National Helplines
Infoline – ask about mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services
Legal line – ask about being detained under the Mental Health Act (sectioning), mental capacity, community care, discrimination and equality
Includes sections on:
• Types of mental health problems
• Drugs and treatments
• Helping someone else
• Legal rights
• Tips for everyday living
• Guides to support and services
• Side by Side – online community
Leeds Mind promotes positive mental health and wellbeing and provides help and support to those who need it. They offer many services including: counselling, group therapy, social support, peer support, social prescribing, employment support, suicide bereavement support, and mental health training. 1 in 4 people experience mental health difficulties at some point in their lives. Whether that be depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, personality disorder, bereavement or any other negative mental health experience, Leeds Mind are there for you.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals List of Mental Health Helplines
A comprehensive directory of helplines and support groups that can provide expert advice if you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s mental health.
Touchstone is a health and wellbeing charity with 30 years’ experience of providing mental health services and tackling stigma and discrimination. They:
- Work with individuals, enabling them to identify their strengths and talents and helping them achieve their goals in life
- Deliver asset-based community development projects, relating to health, mental health and excluded communities
- Challenge attitudes and behaviour around mental health stigma and discrimination
- Ensure that people with mental health issues are at the centre of their planning
Mental Health Foundation
Prevention is at the heart of what the Mental Health Foundation do. Their vision is good mental health for everybody and their mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Their website has a wealth of resources designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you look after your mental health.
Catholic Deaf Association
This website offers signed Sunday Mass every week, plus signed Stations of the Cross and Mass readings in sign language.