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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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Care Schemes

Publishes a National Guide to Care Homes. Produces a database available on the Internet which includes information on 6,300 nursing homes and 12,500 residential care homes throughout the UK.


  • Unit 4, Station Yard
  • Station Road
  • Hungerford
  • RG17 0DY

Live in care agency that introduces live in care workers to clients across the nation to enable them to remain living in their own homes.


  • Head Office
  • 32 Orion House
  • Andover
  • SP10 3FG

Website with details of all the residential and nursing homes in the UK.


  • Suite 4
  • The Hub
  • Newhaven
  • TW12 9AA

Provides Armed Forces and National Service veterans with sight loss with person-centred services and tailored support. Work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.


  • 12-14 Harcourt Street
  • London
  • W1H 4HD

Aims to establish and manage community homes and workshops where people with learning disabilities and carers can live and work together.


  • 71 Garstang Road
  • Preston
  • PR1 1LB

Voluntary sector provider of support services for disabled people. Support almost 20,000 disabled people in the UK, offering services to meet a wide range of needs. Support more than 255 locally run projects for disabled people and their families, in 57 other countries, through Leonard Cheshire International.


  • 66 South Lambeth Road
  • London
  • SW8 1RL

National Christian charity working with disabled people to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life through the provision of care, employment and housing. Groom's Holidays is one of several operating divisions of John Grooms. It offers a wide range of accessible accommodation around England and Wales, including a fully accessible river boat on the Norfolk Broads. Following the merger of the John Grooms Association for Disabled People and the Shaftesbury Society the Grooms Shaftesbury charity has been formed. See Grooms Shaftesbury for further details.


  • Head Office
  • 6 Mitre Passage
  • London
  • SE10 0ER

Provide expert care and practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, including families, friends and carers. Raise funds for specialist Macmillan nurses and doctors, build vitally needed treatment centres, provide grants for patients with financial difficulties, offer training and resources to cancer self help and support groups and provide a range of information locally and nationally.


  • Anchor House
  • 89 Albert Embankment
  • London
  • SW1 7UQ

Works with the NHS and others to provide expert nursing and medical care, also emotional and practical support from the point of diagnosis onwards, to people with cancer and their families.


  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 2DP

  • Telephone: 0131 229 3276
  • Fax: 0131 228 6710

Hands-on nursing care is provided day and night by approximately 6,000 Marie Curie nurses in patients' homes through the Marie Carie Nursing Service. This service is available throughout the UK and accessed through the local district nursing service. There are 11 Marie Curie Centres (Hospices) and admission is via GP or consultant. Both the services are free of charge to cancer patients. Runs training courses on aspects of cancer for all health professionals working in the field.


  • 89 Albert Embankment
  • London
  • SE1 7TP

Aims to provide a range of accommodation and care services, based on Christian principles, which are open to all older people in need, whatever their beliefs. Services provided include: residential homes; dementia care homes; sheltered housing schemes; live at home volunteer befriending schemes; and the 'Live At Home' initiative.


  • Epworth House
  • Stuart Street
  • Derby
  • DE1 2EQ

Provide a range of services for physically and mentally disabled adults including vocational training, life skills development, rehabilitation and mobility.


  • Leatherhead Court
  • Woodland Road
  • Leatherhead
  • KT22 0BN

Housing association which runs over 60 projects in the UK providing care and rehabilitation to enable young people with mental health issues, learning disabilities, addiction and other problems to live in the community. In addition to long and short term residential facilities Richmond Fellowship runs workschemes, day centres, advocacy and community outreach projects. Through its training & consultancy Service, Richmond Fellowship provide a comprehensive range of training options for its own staff and for other people involved in mental health support and human relations work.


  • 80 Holloway Road
  • London
  • N7 8JG

Aims to support family based short break services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These services link disabled children to support families/carers who offer periods of care. Shared Care Network provides an information service, lobbies to promote appropriate services, produces good practice guides to raise standards of care, and organises training conferences. Membership varies according to size of scheme. Publications include Shared Care Network Directory of care providers, Quarterly newsletter, various other publications.


  • Melbourne House
  • 36 Chamberlain Street
  • Wells
  • BS5 0HE

To promote respect for the dignity of those in our society who suffer from disabilities of mind or body, both young and old, by providing care and accomodation according to Catholic Christian principles and using all means and methods in harmony with these principles.


  • 13 Lower Teddington Road
  • Hampton Wick
  • Kingston Upon Thames
  • KT1 4EU

St Christopher's is the largest hospice in the UK. It cares for over 1,500 people each year. It also teaches and trains doctors, nurses and other professionals from all over the UK and from across the world.


  • 51-59 Lawrie Park Road
  • London
  • SE26 6DZ

Provide home care services that enable people to live well in their home for longer and avoid the stress of moving into a residential care home.


  • 15th Floor
  • Tower Building
  • London
  • SE1 7NQ

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