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Basic information is included here about some national organisations. For more detailed information on the services and support they can provide it is recommended that you visit their web-sites or contact them direct. If you know of any other national organisations which provide support and advice to carers, please let us know so that we can signpost them from this site.
We want to build a vibrant online community where we can make new friends, find people who share our interests, join groups, swap information and experiences, share a joke, voice our opinions, and have our own space online.
We’ll be launching the Age UK online community in this space on the website later this year. In the meantime, you can chat to others and get involved with Age UK in several ways.
The Age Concern discussion boards provide a space to discuss anything from health to holidays and computers to care homes.
Use the Age Concern discussion boards
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers , through its offices works to help its network of Carers Centres reach and provide support to carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Unit 14, Bourne Court, Southend Road
Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 8HD
Tel:0844 800 4361
Fax: 0844 800 4362
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for a partner, family member or friend. When caring affects your family, Carers UK is there to provide the support and advice you need. Services include providing information and advice about caring offering support 24/7 campaigning to make life better for carers Carers UK’s free phone advice line is run by experts and can advise carers on their rights, benefits and practical help. Call 0808 808 7777 Weds-Thursday, 10am to noon and 2-4pm.
Contact A Family is the only UK charity providing support and advice to parents whatever the medical condition of their child.
Contact a Family, 209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN
Tel: 020 7608 8700 Fax: 020 7608 8701
Helpline 0808 808 3555 or Textphone 0808 808 3556 Freephone for parents and families (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)
The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation whose goal is to improve health, especially in London.
Crossroads is on of the largest charity in the UK, providing ‘in the home care’ for Carers.
Scope is the disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Their aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.
SANE was established in 1986 following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles featured in ‘The Times’ newspaper entitled ‘The Forgotten Illness’. Written by Marjorie Wallace, now SANE’s Chief Executive. From its initial focus on schizophrenia, SANE developed and is now concerned with all mental illnesses.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
This section contains useful links to Non-Governmental International Organisations for Senior/ Disabled People all have relevant information to assist in independence, control and safety.
Medicare and Social Security Disability: Benefits for Disabled Individuals, from http://educatorlabs.org
Coping with Disabilities – National Caregivers Library, US, from http://educatorlabs.org
I Can Do It, You Can Do It!: President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, US, from http://educatorlabs.org
Home Modifications for Seniors with Disabilities, US from http://educatorlabs.org
Disability Home Accommodation Cost Guide, US from http://educatorlabs.org
Disability and Health, US from http://educatorlabs.org
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide, US, from http://educatorlabs.org
Use the Age Concern discussion boards
Action on Disability & Development (ADD)
BOND – British Overseas NGOs for Development
CBM – Christian Blind Mission
Disabled Peoples’ International
Enabling Education Network (EENET)
European Disability Forum
European Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
Global Campaign for Education
Health link Worldwide
IDDC – International Disability and Development Consortium
Mobility International USA
Save the Children
WFD – World Federation of the Deaf
World Blind Union
World Federation of the Deafblind
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
Disability. Links to these sites does not in any way imply Leonard Cheshire Disability supports either the organisations listed, or views presented.
Action For Kids
Action For Kids (AFK) is a national charity working with disabled children and young people, their parents and carers. We help to transform young lives by removing the barriers to independence.
Able Magazine is the leading disability publication in the UK. It is a lifestyle magazine for disabled people and includes informative articles and interviews, information on the latest products, accessible holiday ideas and fantastic competitions.
The British Library Business & IP Centre
The British Library Business & IP Centre in London provides a wide range of free services for entrepreneurs and people who want to work for themselves: intellectual property and business information, one-to-one advice, workshops, events and networking.
The British Library – free intellectual property online courses
The British Library have created three free online courses on intellectual property that can help you understand how original your idea is, and gain the skills you need to discover if there is a commercial market for it.
Communitycare.co.uk is a fantastic resource for social care professionals with a wide range of services including breaking news each day, thousands of online jobs, an archive of all the articles published online and in Community Care magazine over the last 10 years and events listing for forthcoming conferences in the social care sector.
Directgov provides a single point of online access to government disability services and information – including employment, independent living, financial support, rights and much more.
Disabled South West
The South West’s WEBZINE for the disabled community, their carers and friends.
Supported by the Princes Trust, Disabled United is designed as a meeting place for the disabled community with various forums, chat room, friends and dating service and swap shop.
Enable Together aims to help disabled people lead a more independent life by providing free access to easy to understand information.
Enable Together is used by disabled people, their friends, family, carers and professionals. It is a website by the community for the community.
MacIntyre is a national charity providing lifelong education, care and support for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Margaret Blackwood Housing Association
houses for rent and shared ownership throughout Scotland for disabled people and their families, for older people and for non-disabled people, all within mixed communities.
The Motability Scheme is the UK’s leading car scheme for disabled people. It provides affordable, convenient, trouble-free motoring to over 400,000 disabled customers and their families. Powered wheelchairs and scooters can also be financed using the Motability Scheme.
The Paveways Plus information and advice line is tailored to the needs of disabled people and their carers living in the Borough of Wigan
We are able to offer advice to people on a wide range of issues, both disability and non-disability related. We also have an extensive database of local and national organisations to which clients may be referred or sign-posted.
Public Sector Careers
Public Sector Careers is a nationwide initiative intended to raise the profile of the public sector as an employer and promote the wide range of exciting and interesting careers that exist in the public sector. Working in partnership with organisations we endeavour to inform all communities about career opportunities and promote equality and diversity.
RetirementMobility was formed to offer a unique reference point on staying mobile and using mobility equipment in retirement.
Extensive list of resources focused on speech disorders: causes, treatments and therapies.
Syncleadership – leadership development for disabled people
An online leadership development programme created by disabled people, for disabled people and gives people access to online community support as well as accessible information on key leadership theory.
UCanDoIT teaches blind, deaf and disabled people how to use computers, with a particular focus on Internet and email skills.
VisitScotland, the national tourist board, has just published “Accessible Scotland” which lists about 1,000 places to stay and places to visit which are accessible. A number are wheelchair-accessible. All have been assessed based on criteria drawn up by organisations which work with wheelchair-users. The guide is very useful if you are planning a holiday or a day out.
Vitalise is a national charity providing essential services for disabled people, visually impaired people and carers. They offer short respite breaks at five accessible UK centres, day services, European breaks and activity breaks. They also organise a wide range of holidays in the UK and abroad for visually impaired people accompanied by sighted guides.
You and Yours
A section of the BBC website on care issues, to tie in with a major Radio 4 series.
Simon Wilson Independent Disability Trainer/Consultant
Promoting equality and independence for people with physical disabilities. Workshops, consultancy and mentoring services available.