Who we help
At Pepenbury, we work with a diverse range of people. We primarily support people with a learning disability, but many have additional support needs.
These may include physical disability, specific syndromes, autism, challenging behaviour and dual diagnosis (learning disability and mental health issues) and may need long-term residential care. Others are able to progress to more independent living through training in life and work skills.
Whatever their needs, our services are tailored to meet the needs of the individual, whether that be support for a few hours a week, round the clock care or something in between.
People come to us from across the country to benefit from our specialist services, delivered by our dedicated and friendly staff team.
What is a learning disability?
There are around 1.5 million people in the UK who have some form of learning disability. It affects the way they understand information and how they communicate.
Learning disability occurs when a person’s brain development is affected, either before they are born, during birth or in early childhood. Several factors can affect brain development, including:
- A mother’s illness during pregnancy
- Problems during birth that impede oxygen flow to the brain
- An unborn baby developing certain genetic abnormalities
- Inherited genes that make a learning disability more likely
- Illness, such as meningitis, or injury in early childhood.
Sometimes there is no known cause for a learning disability. Some conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy are associated with learning disabilities because people with these conditions are more likely to have one.