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We provide services covering the City of Sunderland to support adults with learning disabilities


About the service

Sunderland services range from providing support 24/7 to clients in their own home to providing support for clients living with parents/carers to access the community, work placements and day services. All support packages are developed to meet the individuals needs.  Currently we support 7 clients in our outreach service and have 3 shared supported living tenancies which are staffed 24/7.

Support workers have received comprehensive training in all aspects of social care and their hobbies and interests are matched to the client group wherever possible to ensure that the delivery of support is tailored around each individual.

The service works closely with other professional agencies in order to ensure that clients’ receive the best health care and support necessary to their changing and diverse needs.

The aims and objectives of the Sunderland Service is to support clients to live independently in their own homes, as well as accessing the wider community including;

  • Work
  • Day Services
  • Day Activities
  • Daily living skills

What does the Service offer

Learning Disability

We provide a variety of support. This could be a few hours a week to access the community or work, or 24 hours a day in your own home. It might be in supported living, where someone has their own tenancy, or support during the day at a place of work or at college.

Mental Health

We are committed to overcoming isolation, combating prejudice and supporting our service users to maintain a presence in their local community. We work hard to build relationships and trust. We focus on demonstrating positive outcomes for people and support them to regain a greater sense of self-worth and independence.

Complex Needs

We support people with complex needs, profound learning and sensory impairments, as well as those who display behaviour which my put them or others at risk, or which prevent the use of ordinary community facilities or a normal home life.

We support people with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health needs.

Who do we support?

Adults with learning disabilities.

How can I access this support?

Referrals to the service are accepted from health and social care professionals; the team at Sunderland are always pleased to have the opportunity to discuss how their service can meet the needs of adults with a learning disability.

Contact Details

Registered Manager: Karen Armstrong


Registered Office: St Anne’s Community Services – Sunderland, Unit 107i, North East Business & Innovation Centre, Wearfield, Enterprise Park East, Sunderland, SR5 2TA

Coronavirus (Covid 19) Statement

Due to the exceptional circumstances due to the ongoing Coronavirus (also known as Covid 19) and the Government rules about self-isolating it is very important to reduce the risk of cross infection to all our Clients and staff teams. Our teams are working hard to support all our clients and are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible.

This means that, in most circumstances, and in line with government information regarding self-isolation and staying at home there should be no visitors to any of our services.

We know, however, that this will be very distressing for some of our Clients.

Therefore, we are saying there must be no visitors to services unless there are exceptional circumstances and the visit is essential.

Before a visit can take place, this must be risk assessed by the manager considering government advice and the individual circumstances. Before setting off on any visit to your relative/friend please get in contact with St Anne’s staff to discuss your visit.

Our services are using all kinds of technology, including social media to make sure that the people we support can stay in touch with those important to them

St Anne’s has developed a visitors protocol to enable visits to begin again in North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Durham, Middlesbrough and Leeds care homes.

In line with Government & local Council Guidelines each Client may have one family member or other person who is close to them visit on a regular basis.

Decisions where visitors can go are being based on Individual Local Authority advice following Government guidelines.

This message will be updated regularly