Do You Care for Someone with a Learning Disability?

(Last Updated On: August 7, 2018)

Emma Young from Mencap’s Torbay Older Family Carers has arranged a series of meetings and drop-ins for unpaid adult carers in Torbay who care for an adult with a learning disability.

‘If you know of anyone who carers for someone with a learning disability,’ says Emma,‘please let them know and encourage them to come along, or to make contact with me. Mencap are keen to find out what carers would like and need from a service in Torbay. The upper age limit of carers is flexible – anyone who is over 60 who doesn’t identify themselves as an ‘older carer’ is welcome to come along.’

The sessions will be taking place in Torquay, Brixham and Paington.

To find out more, you can call Emma on 07852 546530 or email

Meantime, more from Mencap:

We’re campaigning to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Will you join us? Find out more at #TreatMeWell
Do you love and care for somebody with a learning disability? Visit FamilyHub – our brand new online community – and connect with other parents and family carers.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!