Agencies providing support and information
A charity which makes it possible for disabled people, children and adults to have a memorable and fulfilling holiday enabling the carer to have a break from caring. Can provide grants to families on a low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependant to have a modest holiday in the UK.
Able Community Care: 01603 764567
Arranges live in carers for an elderly or disabled person in the UK.
Helpline and a range of other services to enable disabled adults and children to use computers. Information service and assessment of IT needs for individuals at home or in the workplace. Ability Net has a project called It Can Help www.itcanhelp.org.uk which provides free computer help for disabled people. Volunteers will visit people with disabilities in their own home to help with hardware or software problems and give assistance in gaining confidence in using a computer.
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
Information Line: 0808 808 0123
Textphone 0808 808 9000
Information service for deaf and hard of hearing people, families and carers. Information on deafness and hearing loss, including hearing aids, education, communication, benefits, services for deaf people, tinnitus.
Aidis Trust: Freephone Helpline 0808 800 0009
The Aidis Trust specializes in assistive technology for the disabled. The aim is to help people, regardless of their disability, to gain the most from today’s computer technology. Independent charity with over 35 years of experience working with assistive computer technology. Provide Free advice and technical support to disabled people and people who support them across the UK.
Benefit Enquiry Line:
Information relating to benefits for people with disabilities
Canine Partners: 08456 580480
Assists people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and better quality of life through the help of specially trained assistance dogs.
Contact A Family: 0808 808 3555
Helpline and other support for families caring for children with disabilities or special needs. Range of factsheets and information packs covering issues such as benefits, special educational needs and health. Maintains national/regional databases of parent support groups.
Disability Information Scotland
Information and advice relating to disability
Disability Law Service:
020 7791 9800
Legal advice helpline for disabled people, their families and carers.
Disabled Motoring UK
01508 489 449
Provides mobility information service to the public giving basic information on topics such as Blue Badge, Motability, Driving and signposting to relevant organisations.
Disability Rights UK:
Promoting meaningful independent living for disabled people.
Disability Rights UK also runs:
Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050
Personal Budgets Helpline: 0300 555 1525
Disabled Parents Network:
Organisation of disabled people who are parents or hope to become parents.
Disabled Living Foundation:
0300 999 0004
National information service and helpline on equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities. Equipment demonstration centre. Publishes directory of equipment, a series of daily living guides and specialist resource packs.
Dogs for the Disabled:
To provide trained dogs to help persons with disabilities (other than registered blind or deaf).
English Federation of Disability Sport:
To promote the mainstreaming of disability sport where appropriate. To act as a first stop shop for information and advice on all aspects of disability sports.
Equality Advisory & Support (EASS)
0808 800 0082
Advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales
Gardening for the Disabled Trust:
Or write for details - PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 9JD.
To provide appropriate assistance and practical and financial help to disabled people wishing to take an active part in gardening. Grants made to help with the design of special gardens. Information, advice and assistance to disabled gardeners living in their own homes or in small sheltered units, encourages disabled gardeners to exchange plants and seeds and share experiences.
Happy Days Children’s Charity 01582 755999
Provides holidays and day trips for children with special needs.
Life Train: 01372 360875
Focuses on the development of young people and disabled people, training and courses to help develop life skills and residential centre.
Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline:
Outsiders is a safe community of people across the UK who share a wide range of physical and social disabilities. Many are looking to change their lives around, make new friends, enjoy life to the full and find partners. Club membership costs £27.50 per year or £14 if not working. Please see website for full details.
Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline: 07770 884985
PAPAS - People and Pets Advocates
0300 666 3999
A Not-For-Profit Organisation who are establishing an infrastructure of volunteers to support people by sharing the care of their pets during a health crisis and difficult times. Through a network of volunteers, PAPAS ofers free practical help such as dog walking, respite petcare, fostering, dog and cat grooming, transporting pets to the vets and basic medical pet care.
Peter le Marchant Trust: 01509 265590
Provides trips and holidays on special boats for physically disabled children and adults on the inland waterways.
Pets As Therapy:
Provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues.
PHAB: 020 8667 9443
Via a network of clubs across the country Phab promotes and encourages people with and without disabilities to come together on equal term to achieve complete integration within the wider community. Over 260 clubs enjoy a wide range of activities and holidays.
Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People
Provides rehabilitation, convalescence, holidays and other needs and general welfare of disabled people.
Riding for the Disabled Association:
To provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or carriage drive to benefit the health and well being.
0808 800 3333
Telephone and other information services on all aspects of disability.
0330 440 9000
Independent health complaints advocacy with a range of services covering a number of areas in the South of England, providing advocacy on issues which include health complaints, mental health, disability.
Seeing Dogs Alliance:
Provides professionally reared dogs to anyone wanting to achieve or maintain personal mobility while remaining truly independent.
SignHealth The Deaf Health Charity
SignHealth aims to give Deaf people easier access to healthcare and information, as well as providing services which are not provided elsewhere.
Tourism for All UK
0845 124 9971
Tourism for All UK contains the knowledge gained over the past 35 years in providing information to the public, especially to people with disabilities, on where their specific access needs can be met so that they can fully participate in travel and leisure.
Search on website for nearest foodbank - Everyday people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Vouchers can be obtained from care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and Citizen Advice Bureaux.
Revitalise: 0303 303 0145
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays alongside expert nurse-led care for disabled people and their carers at three UK holiday centres.
You Can Do It
020 8673 3300
National service which teaches blind, deaf and disabled people how to use computers with a particular focus on internet and email skills. Teach learners in their own homes on their own computers.
The largest disability directory in the UK covering all areas from disability sport, arts, care, education and benefits through to mobility products and services. Run by disabled people.
Just enter a postcode and choose an advice topic to find tailored information for your area, including details of independent advice organisations who can help you get the advice and support that you need. Advicelocal can help you with questions relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax, including exemptions and discounts; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; and asylum and immigration.
www.advicenow.org.uk - includes a step by step guide to DLA benefits and what to do if you are turned down and think the decision is wrong.
A free to use resource which provides clear and comprehensive information on all available UK welfare benefits as well as guidance on benefit applications, appeals, emergency assistance & legal help.
Advice on claiming ESA support and other benefits
A website for disabled people offering help, guidance and advice.
Information regarding reconditioned computers and laptops available to those on certain benefits.
This site enables you to search for charities which gives grants to individuals in need. Click Start now - On Classification section 'What the Charity Does' on dropdown menu select 'General Charitable Purposes', 'Who the Charity Helps' select from list on dropdown menu and 'How the Charity Operates' select 'Makes grants to Individuals'.
www.ican.org.uk - help for children with communication difficulties.
www.independentliving.co.uk - information, help and support to assist with independent living.
www.surgerydoor.co.uk - under Medical section click on 'support groups' for wide range of support groups relating to disability.
www.unitedresponse.org.uk - links page, useful links relating to disability.
www.whizz-kidz.org.uk - Whizz Kidz aim to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them - giving them the chance to develop their full potential. they provide disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, and life journey services, giving them opportunities to build friendships and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future. Provide equipment for young people up to the age of 18 and services available for wheelchair users up to the age of 25.
www.youreable.com - information on benefits, travel, education, housing, health, equipment, discussion forums.
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