Keeping People Connected


Keeping People Connected for People with a Learning Impairment and/or Autism – Coronavirus

At DAD we are doing our best to support people at this difficult time.

  • We want to help people stay safe, healthy and not feel alone.
  • Our Keeping People Connected Service is free and available now for people with a Learning Disability(Impairment) and/or autism who need support
  • We will call you regularly if you need support and we are here if you need to chat.

Keeping People Connected leaflet

Keeping People Connected with some of these activities:

  • Weekly telephone calls
  • Coffee and a chat via videolink
  • Gaming Sessions
  • Seated Yoga
  • Drawing classes
  • Sowing sunflower kits
  • Quiz via videolink
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Setting up friendly chats on conference calls


Contact details: 


Tel:  01325 489999


Darlington Association on Disability (DAD) is part of an NHS England piece of work called Keeping People Connected North East and Cumbria.

DAD are covering Darlington and Co Durham.  It is aimed at people who have a learning impairment or autism.  It is particularly those people with little formal support in place, who may not understand the government stay at home instructions, and are also isolated and struggling with the current situation.

Practically the project:

  • Identifies with the person whether they understand the guidance.  For example, many people do not understand what 2 metres is and some people have not got any food as they are too frightened to go out.
  • Supports the person to increase their understanding including providing Easy Read information etc.
  • Provide a regular wellbeing call to reduce isolation; this can be daily if needed.
  • Provide distraction and diversion support, e.g.  supporting the person to develop a positive routine and ideas and resources for activities.
  • Check on wellbeing e.g. do they have shopping etc. and provide problem solving support and if needed, practical support.

Stay At Home Save Lives

Funded by NHS Co Durham CCG and NHS Tees Valley CCG


How you can support us

As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year.  But we need your help.

Click here to find out how you can support us

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