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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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Education (Compulsory)

Offers an information service for children and adults who find using standard computer equipment and systems challenging and offers advice on adaptive computer technology. Activities include consultancy and assessment services to assist in choice and use of computer equipment at work and at home. Centres established in Warwick, Worcester, Cambridge, London, Reading and Edinburgh.


  • Unit 25 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Provides advice to parents who need information and support on education law and practice in schools including admissions, special needs, exclusions, bullying and complaints. Helpline open Mon-Wed, 10am-1pm.


  • ACE Education Advice & ACE Education Training
  • 72 Durnsford Road
  • London
  • N11 2EJ

ACE Centre has a North centre in Greater Manchester, and a South cente in Oxfordshire. They provide information and expertise in the use of technology as an aid to communication. Provides a range of services including in-depth assessments of the communication needs of individuals in education, training of professionals and parents, and research and development. Centres are involved in projects working with manufacturers of equipment by advising on the needs of children with communication issues, or developing specialised software to meet specific accessing and educational needs. They have a library of short term loan equipment and also produces publications. The North centre covers the north of England, North Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, and the South center covers the south of England, Mid-Wales, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles and the Channel Islands.


  • Hollinwood Business Centre
  • Albert Street
  • Hollinwood
  • OL8 3QL

Aims to campaign for the right of all children to the best in state education regardless of their race, gender, home circumstances, ability or disability.


  • 11 Wilderton Road
  • London
  • N16 5QY

CHEC is a small charitable business run to give work opportunities to adults with physical disabilities. CHEC designs, prints and sells a wide range of promotional & gift items.


  • Haywards Heath Road
  • North Chailey
  • Lewes
  • BN8 4EF

Provides information on rights, disability legislation, employment, incomes and allowances, social and leisure activities, transport, housing and accommodation, access and education. Produces a newsletter where advertisements for second hand equipment may be placed.


  • Bridge House
  • Caerphilly Business Park
  • Caerphilly
  • CF83 3GW

Provide support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.


  • PO Box 63
  • Swaffam
  • PE37 9AT

Supplies books, guides, teaching packs and equipment for gifted children, dyslexic children and left-handed children. They also arrange psychological assessments and offer legal advice and guidance for SEN children, gifted children, handicapped children and adults.


  • Hampton Grange
  • 21 Hampton Lane
  • Solihull
  • B91 2QJ

Charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on local authorities legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs; exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities; actions or inaction by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children with disabilities.


Organisation founded by people running pubs who wanted to support others less fortunate within their industry. They aim to equip people to be self-reliant and achieve their personal best. They achieve this through running independent schools, providing support and care for people who have worked in the licensed drinks trade and are facing difficulties.


  • Heatherley
  • London Road
  • Ascot
  • SL5 8DR

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

Provides assistance to young adults and children who are experiencing hardship or deprivation; principally by the use of educational and social training. Activities include: holiday provision; education opportunities; countryside maintenance training; residential care; run sports activities.


  • Redcastle Station
  • Tore
  • Ross-Shire
  • IV6 7RX

Network 81 is the national network of parents of children with special educational needs (SEN). Aims to work enhancing opportunities for children with SEN and disabilities by: educating parents about matters relating to their children's education; linking up and supporting groups and individual parents of children with special educational needs; raising awareness and publicising good practice in inclusion; encouraging parents to take their rightful place in the education policy making process; promoting parent-professional partnership. Activities include a Helpline operating from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, offering advice and information on special educational needs, assessment, the statementing process, choosing a school, communication with schools and local authorities, rights of parents and of children. Links parents with local support groups where possible and appropriate.


  • 10 Boleyn Way
  • West Clacton
  • CO15 2NJ

Campaign for the use of plain English in public information. Website contains various guides to help you produce well written and well designed documents, which can be downloaded free of charge. Commercial services include training and editing. Provide services to government departments, local councils, banks, building societies, solicitors, schools and commercial companies. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5.30pm.


  • PO Box 3
  • New Mills
  • High Peak
  • SK22 4QP

Organises local support groups and information for parents whose children have special educational needs.


  • 3rd Floor
  • Royal Oak House
  • Bristol
  • BS1 4GB

Living memorial to Sir Winston which operates a travelling fellowship scheme which to enable UK citizens, resident in the UK and from all walks of life, to acquire knowledge overseas to the benefit of this country. Subjects cover the widest variety of topics from the arts to industry and leading edge technology; conservation and the environment; social concerns and animal welfare; exploration and adventure to services for disabled people.


  • 29 Great Smith Street
  • London
  • SW1P 3BL

Joint campaign by SCOPE and the NUT to improve access for disabled children in schools. Encourage local education authorities to improve access and facilities for disabled children within schools.


  • 6 Market Road
  • London
  • N7 9PW

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