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Southend's Children and Families Information PointSHIP Adults

If you have a learning disability, we can support you to live as independently as possible and enjoy a good quality of life.  We also support family carers – so that they can have a break from caring.


We can help with:

  • Help at home and with finding suitable housing
  • Education, training and employment
  • Breaks for carers
  • Planning for the future
  • Support to take part in leisure and community activities


To determine whether you are eligible for a service we will undertake an assessment of need.  If you are eligible then you will be offered a Personal Budget under Self Directed Support which will enable you to purchase support or services to be able to live as independently as possible.


The Team includes Social Work staff and additionally an Employment Service and Shared Lives scheme.


We are co-located with South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability staff including Community Nurses, Behaviour Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist.



 Contact:: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.15pm – 01702 215008 – For new referrals please ask for the access team


Out of Hours - Emergency Duty Team: Monday to Friday  5.15pm to 8.45am – Weekends Friday 5.15pm to Monday 8.45am -  08456061212 (365 days a year)


How to refer: Referrals can be made via telephone or through written correspondence.   Referrals can be made by the person, their family or relevant professional


Exclusion from the Service:  Adults without a learning disability


Response time:  Advice given on first contact with this service with a view to assessment completion within 28 days

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