Care Network coordinates the Learning Disability Partnership Board and Autism Partnership Board in Blackburn with Darwen on behalf of the borough. We will soon be launching The Big Plan that will focus on the development of ten priority areas.

The Big Plan 2020 - 2025

Due to Covid-19 the meetings are temporarily on hold. For anyone with any enquiries regarding Learning Disability and/ or Autism services in Blackburn with Darwen email [email protected] or call us on 01254 507255 

We encourage everyone with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism to complete a COVID-19 Hospital Passport

Find out more about Hospital Passports

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?

Due to social distancing measures, all meetings are currently cancelled. We will be keeping uploading information to this page that you should find helpful.

The meetings usually 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:

  • meetings are on hold


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]