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People Matters

People Matters support people with learning disabilities and other hidden disabilities to become more independent and enjoy life in the same ways as anybody else.

They offer a range of services including individual support, social groups and employment services. Find out more about their services.

0113 234 6896


Leeds Autism AIM

A free service for autistic adults in Leeds who receive little or no funded support. It is co-led by a number of autistic adults and parents/carers of autistic adults.

The service provides advocacy, information, autistic-led groups and post-diagnosis support for newly diagnosed autistic adults.

0113 244 0606


William Merritt Centre

Local charity that offers impartial and professional advice for children and adults. They carry out assessments on a range of mobility equipment to help people find the right equipment for them before they buy.

The Centre also has a regional driving assessment service that offers driving assessments, passenger assessments and vehicle adaptation assessments.

0113 350 8989


Downs Syndrome Association

The Downs Syndrome Association supports people who have Down’s syndrome, and their parents and carers, throughout their lives. From before birth into older age, the Downs Syndrome Association provides services to everyone.


Leeds Mencap

We know having a child with a learning disability can come with unique experiences that leave you looking for an understanding peer group, in need of specialist advice, or unsure of where to turn to. Our family services team offer a wide variety of support that can be accessed over the phone, in-person or online.

We can help you find the right support networks and be an advocate by supporting you to express your views and help you stand up for your rights. Contact us on 0113 235 1331, or email info@leedsmencap.org.uk



Sense is a national charity that offers information, advice and support for people living with complex disabilities.

Sense provides personalised and flexible services including early intervention for children, helping young people access education and supporting the transition into adulthood.



Scope is a charity that provides practical advice and emotional support for disabled people and their families.

Support can be accessed through a free disability helpline, an online community and a range of employment and child sleep services.


Family Fund

The UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children or young people aged 17 or under.

Visit the Family Fund website to find out more about the help they provide and how to apply for grant funding.

Families Together Leeds – Family Action

The Families Together Leeds service provides practical, emotional, and financial support to families across Leeds.

The service supports families who may be experiencing poverty, low-income, or housing issues.

Families Together Leeds have Family Support Workers who provide one-to-one support, as well as group support.

To find out more about the support they offer and how to access the service call Families Together Leeds on 0113 532 6587 or email leeds.admin@family-action.org.uk.


Carers Leeds

Carers Leeds is an independent charity that provides specialist support, advice, and information to unpaid carers aged 16 and over.

They offer one to one and group support as well as an advice service that can be accessed over the phone or through email.

0113 380 4300


Citizens Advice Leeds

Citizens Advice Leeds offer free, independent and confidential advice on a wide range of subjects. They can help with housing, work, money and many other problems. 

0808 2 78 78 78


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