It's Learning Disability Week, a great opportunity to raise awareness of the important work our dedicated Learning Disability Link Workers do at BDP.

We caught up with Emma, one of our Link Workers, to find out more about their role.

As Link Workers, we offer a flexible and accessible service for people who experience learning difficulties who want support around problematic alcohol and drug use.


We can provide harm reduction information and advice to people using alcohol and other drugs problematically and can support them to overcome barriers they might face in accessing Bristol's Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service (ROADS).


We receive referrals from Bristol Community Health's community learning disabilities teams, probation workers, supported housing providers and BDP’s very own Health & Harm Reduction Centre.

- Emma, BDP Link Worker

The learning disability charity Mencap is using this year's Learning Disability week to raise awareness of the isolation people with learning disabilities feel and encourage more inclusive activities. According to their recent survey, 18% of people with a learning disability said they felt alone and cut off from other people.

We also support people by encouraging them to try new activities which can help combat isolation. At BDP we offer a range of accessible social and creative groups which allow people to work towards their recovery goals in safe spaces. This includes BDP’s Women’s Morning and our recovery groups for drama and music.

- Emma, BDP Link Worker


Find out more about how we our ensuring our information and services are accessible to people with learning disabilities.

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