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Preparing for Adulthood is a real opportunity to equip young people, their parents and carers with the advice and information that they need to move into adulthood seamlessly. It is a critical time for young people , their parents / carers to understand what is available for them when the move into this phase of their life.

Dudley Community Information Directory

The directory is an online tool to find out about activities, clubs, support, health services and much more in Dudley Borough and surrounding areas, including what’s on.

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Learning Disability Network (LDN) - Dudley MBC

The Learning Disability Network (LDN) is a stand alone voluntary database, jointly funded by Health and Social Care. The Register collates information about people with learning disabilities and/or autism within Dudley MBC.

Information about the needs and numbers of people with learning disabilities and/or autism is shared with Health and Social Care Commissioners (individual details are not shared only top line needs and numbers). This information is used to benefit people's health and wellbeing by:

  • Informing the planning/commissioning of services to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

  • Predict future demand and plan services and support.

  • Evidence the need to target particular areas of concern or health inequalities.

  • Provide information for analysis and research.

The Learning Disability Network provides information for people with learning disabilities and their carers. This can be in the form of newsletters, bulletins and the 'Learning Disability Partnership Board' website.

Learning Disability Network Co-ordinator
Complex and Inclusion Service,
Ladies Walk Health and Social Care Centre,
Ladies Walk,
West Midlands,
Telephone: 01384 813252


Partnership Boards

The Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Boards have people from different organisations such as social services, police, voluntary sector, health, advocacy, Connexions, housing, and leisure getting together with people with learning disabilities/autism and family/carers.

Each board has a terms of reference and the role of the board along with supporting sub-groups is to focus on addressing the inequalities for individuals with a disability and developing services in co-production with others.

This includes putting things in place to improve the quality of people's lives with a disability and provide better services/opportunities locally and within communities to enable people with disabilities to live ordinary lives.

Learning Disability Partnership Board/Autism Partnership Board
Telephone: 01384 813260 or 01384 813252
Contact: Head of Whole Life Disability Service

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Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. However, it can affect different people in different ways. For more information, advice and support in relation to autism please see the following links.

  • See inside the UK
    These are online tours of health and community venues to help make them more accessible to people with autism. Virtual tours available include Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Leisure Centre and Ladies Walk Centre. By viewing virtual tours online individuals can prepare their journey and familiarise themselves with the new location.

  • Autism Outreach Service
    The Autism Outreach Service supports pupils with a diagnosis of autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger syndrome in mainstream schools. Support is also offered to families in the home.

    There are currently 6 teachers, 4 teaching assistants and a family advisor who work on a peripatetic basis across the borough. In addition our administrative assistant is based full time at the Mere to take phone calls and generally co-ordinate the team.

  • No Limits for Autism

  • Autism West Midlands

  • The National Autistic Society

Please see below information with regards to support available for other disabilities:


Support Groups - Specific Conditions

Please see below information with regard to support available for other disabilities:

:: list of support groups


Mental Health

Mental illness is a leading cause of ill health and disability and ranges from milder and more common conditions such as depression and anxiety, to the less common, but more severe conditions, such as schizophrenia, affective disorders and dementia.

Mental Health Services for Dudley are provided by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. The Trust provides a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall. Services are provided across the community as well in three acute hospitals including Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley.

For further information on all services available please visit

Dudley and Walsall NHS Mental Health Trust
Trafalgar House,
47 – 49 King Street,
West Midlands,
Switchboard: 01922 607 000

Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS has teams in both Dudley and Walsall, based at the following sites:

The Elms,
Slade Road,
West Midlands,
B63 2UR
Telephone: 01384 324689

Abbotts Street,
WS3 3AZ,
Telephone: 01922 607400


Compliments and Complaints

Should you wish to make a complaint/compliment.

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Commissioning Hub

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to stimulating and supporting a diverse, active care and support market where innovation and high quality care and support is encouraged and rewarded and where our public are able to shape the services they need.

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Trading Standards

Dudley Trading Standards promotes fair trading practices in Dudley. We have a statutory duty to enforce a wide range of consumer protection legislation and we also provide advice to local businesses to help them comply with consumer protection laws.

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Early Help for Children and Families

Early Help is to provide support where problems are emerging for children, young people and their families/carers to avoid a crisis situation. Early help support may be provided at any point in a child or young person’s life.

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Adoption Support

Adoption is providing a child or children with a permanent placement with a family. If you would like more information about adoption services in Dudley, please see the link below.

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Fostering Support

Children and young people looked after by Dudley Council are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society. As corporate parents we want for Children in Care what every good parent would want for their own children.

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Dudley Children and Young People’s Alliance

The Dudley Children and Young People's Alliance (CYPA) provides the overall leadership and integrated accountability for delivery of improved outcomes for children and young people in Dudley, and their effective transition to adulthood.

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Dudley Children and Families Services

This where you can find more information about how we can support children, young people and families in Dudley.

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