Living with learning disabilities

Having a learning disability might mean that you find it harder to learn certain life skills. The challenges experienced, and the types of learning disabilities, can vary. It’s why we’re committed to helping those with a learning disability live more independently through a range of hands on support and advice.

Preventative support

Our Local Area Co-ordination team is there to help those living with a disability live independently. The team can help with everything from learning to travel and help finding a job to making friends and accessing healthcare.

If this service is something that would benefit you, or someone you care for, call us on 0131 659 7841 or email

Day support and short breaks

To allow families and carers some respite from their caring role, the Firrhill service offers residential short breaks for adults with learning disabilities aged from 16 years of age, who live mainly in the city of Edinburgh.

The team also welcome applications from people with additional support needs. For example, autism or mental health problems.

People are able to stay for anything from one night to a few weeks up to a maximum of 42 days. Because the breaks are planned in advance, we do our best to develop and keep relationships by matching friends together for their stay.

Get in touch with the team at Firrhill by calling 0131 441 7162 or email