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Help for People with Learning Disabilities

Advice and information for those who have learning disabilities.


Renting accommodation to relatives: Can they claim Housing Benefit?

Parents of someone with a learning disability are able to help their son or daughter set up their own home. Similar to how parents do this, it can also be possible for any relative to help a member of their family set up home.

It can be difficult to rent a room in the parental home to a member of the family and for them to claim Housing Benefit to pay the rent.

It is possible for parents, or a relative to buy a separate self contained property and rent this to their son or daughter or other family member.

More information about renting to a relative.

KeyRing Network

A KeyRing Network is a group of around nine service users and one Community Living Volunteer. Each person has their own home within a short walking distance of one another. Everyone is encouraged to look out for each other and to offer neighbourly help.

Things to do

Where can I go for activities in Sheffield?

There are lots of different things to do in Sheffield. You could go to the cinema, or to the theatre or to a leisure centre. There is lots of choice.

See more activities in Sheffield on our Things to do page.


Public Transport

You can find timetables, ticket prices and other information about buses, trains and trams on the Travel South Yorkshire website.

Health and Wellbeing

Changing Places

Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability, or their carers. Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets. They provide enough space, the right equipment and a safe and clean environment.

Changing Places have facilities located in different places around Sheffield.

Staying Safe

Safe Places Scheme

The Sheffield Safe Places Scheme aims to support people with learning disabilities who may be lost, ill or frightened and to provide a temporary refuge where they can get help.


All adults (aged 18 and over) should be able to live free from fear and harm and have their rights and choices respected.

Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others and some find it hard to make their wishes and feelings known. This may mean that it is easier for someone to abuse them

Adult abuse happens every day. People may know about it, but don’t know what to do about it.

Specialist organisations are to help and support people experiencing abuse.

Staying Safe Tips

  • If you have a mobile phone, always keep it with you
  • Go out and about with a friend or your carer
  • Use a personal alarm
  • Tell someone what time you’ll be home
  • Go to places that you know well
  • Keep your personal belongings hidden
  • Use public transport or a taxi to get around at night
  • Make sure you know what time the buses are
  • Wait at the bus stop with other people
  • Always plan your route and stay in areas that are well lit
  • Know the telephone number of someone you can call in an emergency
  • Choose a ‘safe place’ – somewhere you can go if you feel unsafe

Justice and the Law

People with a learning disability are sometimes arrested for breaking the law. This means they will go into the Criminal Justice System.

People with a learning disability in the Criminal Justice System may need extra support with things like:

  • Knowing your rights.
  • Understanding written and spoken information.
  • Explaining yourself to staff.
  • Understanding how the Criminal Justice System works.
  • Knowing who can help and support you.

Hate Crime

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crime is an offence, like a physical or verbal attack, carried out against a person or their property because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

Examples of Hate Crime

  • a physical attack
  • the threat of an attack
  • verbal abuse or insults

How to Report a Hate Crime?

You can report hate crimes to South Yorkshire police on 0114 2202020 or go to to report online.

Report hate crime online on or Stop Hate UK.

Learning Disabilities Partnership Board

Sheffield has a Learning Disabilities Partnership Board to help us make sure that we meet the needs of people with a learning disability in Sheffield. The Partnership Board meets every two months and is attended by family carer representatives, people with a learning disability, and representatives from agencies in the city who work with people with a learning disability.

Last Updated: 20/08/2019
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