Care Network coordinates the Learning Disability Partnership Board and Autism Partnership Board in Blackburn with Darwen on behalf of the borough. 

If you or a family member have a learning disability and/ or autism and live in Blackburn with Darwen, there are two regular public meetings which we encourage you to attend, these are:

  • Learning Disability Partnership Board
  • Autism Partnership Board

Who is it for?

Anyone is welcome to attend if you have an interest in learning disabilities and/ or autism. You could be

  • someone living with learning disabilities and/ or autism
  • a family member, friend or carer of someone living with learning disabilities and/ or autism
  • a professional working in health and social care with an interest in learning disabilities and/ or autism

Why are these meetings important?

These meetings give people a voice. All the people listed above who have an interest in learning disability/ and or autism come together to plan, talk and develop the services that people need in the borough. 

At the meetings you can...

  • find out what’s going on for adults with a learning disability and / or autism
  • tell people what you think about local services
  • be heard by the people who can make changes to services which can impact on the quality of peoples lives
  • make sure councillors and elected members know the views of the local learning disability and autism community
  • find out about your rights and important national policies  
  • help make services better for people with a learning disability and/ or autism in Blackburn with Darwen
  • meet new people

Minutes from previous meetings 

We document everything that is talked about during the partnership board meetings in easy read minutes. These are used to inform people of what happened during the meetings and define the next steps planned. 

Learning Disability Partnership Board Minutes

Autism Partnership Board Minutes

Where and when are the meetings?

The meetings take place every two months.

Where: The Enterprise Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn, Blackburn BB1 3HQ 


  • Learning Disability Partnership Board: 10am - 12 noon 
  • Autism Partnership Board: 1pm - 3pm 
  • Attendees of both boards are invited to join us for lunch, served between 12 noon - 1pm.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 12 February 2020
  • Wednesday 9 April 2020
  • Wednesday 10 June 2020 

Writing the strategy 

We are looking to bring a group of people together with an interest in learning disabilities and/or autism who will help us to put together a strategy for Blackburn with Darwen which accurately reflects the needs and values of local residents. 

We need to make sure people with learning disabilities and/or autism live independent, healthy and valued lives in a safe environment where they can contribute to their local community.

If you have an interest in learning disability and autism - we really want to hear from you, especially people who we haven't spoken to before, please get in touch using the contact details below or complete this form and we will get in touch with you.

If you'd like to be involved in the strategy - click here


If you want to find out more, including the dates of the next meetings contact

  • visit Care Network Hub, 9 Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG (opposite Blackburn Library)
  • call Carole at Care Network Hub on 01254 507255 (option 2)
  • email Carole at [email protected]