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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Magazine with articles on issues related to disability. Includes details on holidays, motoring, sports, product features and art reviews.


  • Pentagon Centre
  • 36-38 Washington Street
  • Glasgow
  • G3 8AZ

Journal on issues related to health. Topics include treatments, research, exercise, mobility, clinical issues and product news.


  • MA Healthcare Ltd
  • St. Jude's Church
  • London
  • SE24 0PB

Provides information and advice on issues related to health to healthcare professionals. Promotes education about HIV, Aids and sexual health, especially ethical and policy aspects. Welcomes enquiries and requests for information/advice from anyone with a professional interest, particularly health professionals, but not the general public.


  • BMA House
  • Tavistock Square
  • London
  • WC1H 9JP

Represents the needs of people who have Polio or Post Polio Syndrome, to enable them to take their full part in the life of the community and to offer support to all such people resident in the UK and Eire, whether members or not. Provides information on a variety of issues including disabled people's rights, aids to independence, benefits and other disability issues. Branches throughout the UK. Produces a bi-monthly magazine on polio-related issues.


  • The Exchange
  • Wilmington Close
  • WD18 0FQ

Exists for all individuals who act as carers for disabled, elderly or frail people. Offers advice and information on all aspects of caring, to both carers and professionals. Runs over 120 local support groups, and campaigns and lobbies policy makers for a better deal for all carers. Range of publications available including the quarterly magazine, 'The Carer' which explores issues related to disability. Advertisements for second hand equipment may be placed. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm, 2-4pm.


  • 20 Great Dover Street
  • London
  • SE1 4LX

Professional and educational body and trade union for the UK's chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Provides members and the public with advice and produces and sells a range of publications in addition to two professional journals.


  • 14 Bedford Row
  • Chancery Lane
  • London
  • WC1R 4ED

The professional body of Occupational Therapists. Aims include maintenance of the highest possible standards of service to users of occupational therapy; education, development and support of its members; promotion of research and innovation in the profession and the involvement of all members in decisions about the profession. Provides information on occupational therapy as a career and how to access occupational therapy services.


  • 106-114 Borough High Street
  • Southwark
  • London
  • SE1 1LB

Monthly newspaper with articles and features on issues related to disability. Other information includes holidays, motoring, sport, exhibitions/events, product features and art reviews.


  • 6-10 Market Road
  • London
  • N7 9PW

National organisation working with and for disabled people. Aims to remove architectural, economic and attitudinal barriers. Particularly involved in the following areas: civil rights; education; employment; mobility; social services; housing and social security. Produces a number of publications and operates in conjunction with an affiliated network of approximately 500 local and national organisations. Disabled Students Helpline - 0800 328 5050 Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) - 0808 800 0082 Personal Budgets Help Line - 0300 555 1525 Member Organisations Welfare Rights Advice Service - 020 7250 8184


  • Ground Floor
  • CAN Mezzanine
  • London
  • N1 6AH

Mobilise is a self help organisation formed by the merger of the Disabled Drivers Motor Club and the Disabled Drivers Association. Runs an information service for both members and groups and a confidential telephone and mail answering service. Matters typically referred include DLA (mobility component) and Motability matters, driving licences, insurance availability, driving assessment, vehicle and adaptation choices. Publishes a monthly magazine and supplied other publications through an Online Shop.


  • National Headquarters
  • Ashwellthorpe
  • Norwich
  • NR16 1EX

Online magazine second hand equipment may be placed. Includes a section on wheelchairs and transport equipment.


  • Enquiries
  • 1 Lindsay Street
  • London
  • EC1A 9HP

Aims to ensure that people affected by MND can secure the care and support they need. To support those affected by Motor Neurone Disease, their families and carers.


  • PO Box 246
  • Northampton
  • NN1 2PR

Provides information, funds research and campaigns for people affected by MS. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm.


  • MS National Centre
  • 372 Edgware Road
  • London
  • NW2 6ND

Aims: 1 to search for treatments and cures for neuromuscular conditions, 2 to provide practical, medical and emotional support for people affected by the conditions. 3 To fund research into the causes of neuromuscular conditions and effective ways of treating them. Funds research into treatment and cures for MD and allied neuromuscular conditions. Supports those affected by the condition with counselling, grants and information. Produces a quarterly magazine 'Target MD' where advertisements for second hand equipment may be placed.


  • 61 Southwark Street
  • London
  • SE1 0BU

Which? magazine produces regular reports on household equipment such as microwaves, conventional ovens, toasters and kettles. Although they do not look specifically at features for people with disabilities, they compare useful features such as accessibility of controls. These reports can be viewed in a local library. Open for general and customer enquiries Mon-Fri 8.30am-8pm, and Sat 9am-1pm.


  • Castlemead
  • Gascoyne Way
  • Hertford
  • SG14 1LH

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