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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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Equipment Appraisal/Appraisal

Royal charter organisation created to help British industry compete in European and international trade markets. Provides a range of services to its members and to industry in general, from British Standards and standards information facilities, to its mark of product quality, the Kitemark.


  • BSI House
  • 389 Chiswick High Road
  • London
  • W4 4AL

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

Designability is a charity with a passion for creating life-changing assistive technologies. Engineering and design experts conduct original research and develop products that meet real needs. They advocate better technology for everyone and work with end-users, carers and health professionals to help understand the problem, find a solution and test it in real life situations. Have a Wizzybug Charitable Loan Scheme, where a Whizzybug may be loaned out for up to 30 months. They have a range of products available to support people living with dementia, children and adults living with restricted growth, early years mobility and daily living. They also offer a Referrals service, creating innovative bespoke solutions for disabled children and adults in the South West.


  • The Wolfson Centre
  • Royal United Hospital
  • Bath
  • BA1 3NG

Aims to take reasonable steps to protect public health and safeguard users and carers. Ensures that medical and healthcare devices and equipment meet appropriate safety, quality and performance standards and comply with relevant European Directives.


  • 151 Buckingham Palace Road
  • Victoria
  • London
  • SW1W 9SZ

National independent consumer research charity. Publishes free, practical unbiased reports for older/disabled consumers based on thorough professional research. Rica carries out a range of research: mystery shopping, user assessments/tests (eg packaging, mobile phones), laboratory tests, survey research and helpline/service evaluations. Latest consumer reports available: Wheeled walking frames, riser recliner chairs, medicine boxes & dispensers. There is detailed information/advice on: Driving and car adaptations Free driving reports are available in print and online: Choosing a car, Car Controls, Getting a wheelchair into a car, Getting in an out of a car. Specific guides: Motoring after amputation, Motoring after brain injury, Motoring after a stroke, Motoring with arthritis, Motoring with cerebral palsy, Motoring with multiple sclerosis and Motoring with restricted growth. Cars measurements: which car? The Rica online œFind a Car database has key measurements on car models. Search to obtain a short list of cars that have, for example, the right height car seat, door opening to get in or out, and/or a large boot. There are over 650 cars featured and new models are added all the time. There is a detailed factsheet of each car model with the measurements and this can be downloaded or printed. Powered wheelchairs & scooters Rica has an online database of over 100 powered wheelchairs and scooters. Search on key features, measurements, accessories and the person needs. It has price information and gives advice on insurance, maintenance and where to do for independent advice.


  • Unit G03
  • The Wenlock
  • London
  • N1 7EU

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